Lady Falcons ready to defend PVL girls soccer title
COLFAX - Saying that the Colfax Lady Falcons soccer team in 2017 was a “survivor” wouldn’t be too far from the truth.
From fighting the worst winter weather to hit the foothills area in some 20 years to having many of their home matches moved to artificial turf fields on the road, a year ago the Lady Falcons weathered some rocky sledding to capture their first Pioneer Valley League girls soccer championship since 2012.
And, with several key faces from last season’s 16-2-3 squad returning for the 2018 PVL campaign, one might think that it should be smooth sailing for the Colfax booters to go back-to-back.
However, one person who isn’t buying that is Lady Falcons head coach Kara Diedrichs.
“I think the top half of the league will really be competitive this year,” said Diedrichs. “Center, Lincoln, Placer and ourselves should be battling it out.”
If pre-season records are any indication, the PVL could shape into a four team race with all of the above mentioned schools in line to be batting for the league’s three automatic berths to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Thus far through the pre-season, the Lady Falcons have played a tough non-league schedule. Included have been a 1-0 loss to Div. 1 Atwater, a split of matches with Oakmont and a 3-2 loss to a 9-1 Union Mine team.
“We’re playing Union Mine again on Monday,” said Diedrichs. “We play Center to open league so this will be a good test for us.”
The Lady Falcons have five returning all-PVL players back in the fold this season including Sam Sinel, who was the co-PVL Most valuable Player a year ago, Randi Violett, Alex Melendez, Annie Bain, Caitlin Moore and goalkeeper Ciana McCord.
McCord, however, has been recovering from a non-soccer injury and to date hasn’t played a match.
One bright spot for the Lady Falcons has been on offense where through their first 11 matches, 10 different Colfax players have scored.
Sinel and Sydney Bain have led the offense, both with four goals apiece. Annie Bain follows with three goals while Hailey Hickey has tallied a pair.
“Last season we relied a lot on Maya (Vossoghi) ,” said Diedrichs. “Having more players get involved is good.”
Other key returning players for the Lady Falcons are Claudia Cole, Carolynn Cramer, and Haley Downey. Newcomers that have added spark to the Colfax efforts include freshman sweeper Lea Reese and sophomore Jordan Tavares, a transfer who played varsity at Nevada Union as a freshman last season.
In goal, both Cassidy Tracy and Izzy Reyna have been filling in ably for McCord.
Colfax opens Pioneer Valley League play hosting Center on Jan. 10.
Colfax Lady Falcons
Coach: Kara Diederichs
This season: 6-4-1
2017 – 16-2-3, 7-1-2 PVL, 1st
Playoffs – Lost in Div. IV semi-finals to Liberty Ranch, 1-0
Top Returnees – Sam Sinel, Randi Violett, Alex Melendez, Annie Bain, Sydney Bain, Caitlin Moore, Ciana McCord.
Newcomers to Watch – Lea Reese, Jordan Tavares.