Sierra Soccer, Volleyball Host Regional Matches

Booters Host Evergreen Valley; Spikers Entertain Ohlone
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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It’s a long way from Newfield, New York to Rocklin but the decision by Carissa Schlesinger to come west to play soccer is paying dividends for the Sierra College’s women’s team.


Thanks to a pair of goals by the New York native Schlesinger, the Wolverines defeated Cosumnes River, 3-1, in overtime Saturday in the first round of the California Community College Northern California Regional Tournament.


The win by Sierra moves the No. 4 seed Jason Gantt-coached Lady Wolverines into Tuesday’s 2 p.m. second round match in Rocklin against No. 5 seed Evergreen Valley of San Jose. Evergreen defeated Butte, 5-1, in its opening round match.


Joining Schlesinger in the scoring column for Sierra in the win over the Hawks was Meghan Martell, a Bella Vista product, who added a solo tally.

Sierra, now 14-5-3 overall, will be looking to upend Evergreen Valley in an effort to gain one of the Northern California semi-final berths Saturday against the winner of No. 1 seed Fresno City and No. 8 seed Mendocino. The match will be played at the host of the highest remaining seeded team.


The winner of Saturday’s match will be one of two Northern calfiornia teams that will move on to the state Final Four set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Mt. San Antonio in Walnut.


Spikers Host Ohlone


Sierra’s women’s volleyball team will also be at home to open the Northern California Regional as the Lady Wolverines host Ohlone of Fremont at 7:00 p.m.


Sierra, 21-6 overall, is the No. 5 seed in the tournament while No. 12 Ohlone will bring a 19-14 record with them into the match.


The Lady Wolverines, coached by Vera Nelson, have four local products on their roster this year including Erin Ellner and Julia Doresy from Placer and Ericia Heikila and Haley Biles from Colfax.