Sierra Sports Insider: Soccer faces Delta today in early-season Big 8 battle…

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The Sierra College soccer team successfully opened the 2013 Big 8 Conference season Tuesday with a 2-0 win over a Diablo Valley College team that had beaten them in Rocklin last year. A certain measure of revenge for coach Jason Gantt and his Wolverines to be sure, but the game also illustrated just how much work Sierra has to do, particularly on offense, in order to reach its limitless potential. And, oh yes, the 4-1-2 San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs invade Rocklin this afternoon.

Against DVC, Sierra outshot the Vikings 20-9 - with a 7-2 shots-on-goal advantage— but only found the back of the net twice. Alex Heptner connected on a howitzer from the top of the box late in the first, and Brittney Bravo had her fourth goal in two games midway through the second, but there were so many tantalizingly easy scoring opportunities that went awry. The defense was stout and keeper Molly McConnell recorded her fourth shutout of the year, but the Wolverine offense is a bomb just waiting to explode. This afternoon, against the Mustangs, would be a good time for some offensive fireworks.

See you at the Sierra Soccer Complex! Kickoff is 3:30pm.

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Chang does it again for Sierra golf team

Freshman April Chang tore up the par 72 Wildhawk course with a blistering 67 as the Sierra College women's golf team dominated the field to capture Big 8 Conference Tournament #7 yesterday. Chang, based on the first seven matches of the season, may just be the top JC golfer in northern California. The Wolverines' 309 team total topped runner-up Modesto by five strokes yesterday. Sierra has won three Big 8 tourneys so far, and has finished second three times and third once.

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