Dropping just its second Big 8 Conference game of the season wasn't a heartbreaker for the Modesto Junior College women's soccer team.
The Pirates have a bigger picture in mind.
Two starters were on the bench with injuries as Modesto (13-5-2, 5-2 Big 8) lost to Sierra 2-1 in Rocklin on Tuesday, the difference being a penalty kick in the final 20 minutes. Midfielder Lence Montero has a bad ankle and forward Carly Genzoli has a sore hip.
"They may sit Thursday (against Diablo Valley) as well," coach Steve Aristotelous said. "We're saving them for the playoffs. We have to get ready for that first home game."
The playoffs begin Nov. 17. Modesto has secured a first-round home game.
Vanessa Stanfield scored on an assist from Jackie Ibanez and Modesto held a 1-0 halftime lead.
Men's JC Soccer
FRESNO CITY 4, MODESTO JC 1, at Fresno -- Victor Perez scored in the 53rd minute on an assist from Martin Molina to make the score 2-1. But the Rams (17-3-2) scored twice in five minutes shortly after the Pirates' goal.