Lady Eagle booters slip past Rocklin, 3-1
After a pair of rough losses to open Sierra Foothill League action, the Del Oro girls soccer team broke into the league win column last Friday night.
Playing Rocklin at home, the Lady Eagles received two goals from Kylie Garcia and one from Ryan McKinley in Del Oro’s 3-1 triumph over the Thunder. Also having a hand in the win for the Lady Eagles were Hannah Zieour and Morgan Gallagher, both with assists. Garcia also assisted on one of Del Oro’s scores.
Coming into the league season, Del Oro coach Kevin Unsworth noted that this year’s Lady Eagles squad will be made up of many younger players.
“Of our 15 players, we have seven sophomores and a freshman,” said Unsworth. “We’re a young team but I believe that we’ll be very competitive.”
Unsworth noted that the Lady Eagles have several players to keep an eye on this season.
They include Garcia, a junior who plays forward, senior co-captain Quincy Gieck who plays in the midfield, and junior forward Kate Willey.
In addition, the Del Oro coach also singled out sophomore goalie Cambria Kingman and McKinley, a senior forward, as other players who will play key roles this season.
“It should be a competitive league this season,” said Unsworth of the SFL. “I feel that any team is capable of beating any other on a given night.”
The Lady Eagles will play Friday at Granite Bay at 3 p.m.
Del Oro boys blank Thunder, 2-0
The Golden Eagle boys improved to 2-0 in Sierra Foothill League matches following last week’s 2-0 blanking of Rocklin.
Del Oro and the Thunder battled to a scoreless first half before the Golden Eagles received second-half goals from Kyle Wesolowski and Sergio Camarero to get on their path to the victory.
Del Oro, which was slated to battle Folsom Wednesday, will entertain Granite Bay Friday at 6 p.m. The Golden Eagles open the second round of SFL play next Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Whitney at 7 p.m.
Lady Falcons looking for return to soccer playoffs
A month into its 2018–19 schedule, the Colfax Lady Falcons girls soccer team has almost as many ties as they do victories.
Playing a fairly competitive non-league schedule, the Lady Falcons counted four draws on their preseason slate with the stalemates coming against Union Mine, West Campus, Atwater and Dixon.
Still, with a roster featuring just five seniors and several sophomores and freshmen, Colfax coach Kara Diederichs isn’t looking at her team as a squad with its glass half empty, more like half full.
“It’s kind of a transition season for us,” said Diederichs. “The girls are doing a good job. I think we’ve been improving every week.”
A year ago, the Lady Falcons went 11-9-1 overall and finished 5-5 in Pioneer Valley League matches. However, despite a strong core of seniors, Colfax missed the playoffs for the first time in recent memory.
“It was a tough year. The ball didn’t bounce our way last season,” said Diederichs. “Plus, the league last season was very good.”
On Monday night, playing at Marson Stadium, the Lady Falcons (5-5-4, 2-1) took a step towards what they hope will be a return trip to the playoffs when Colfax fashioned a 9-0 win over visiting Bear River.
Despite using her entire roster liberally throughout the match, the Lady Falcons proved too much for the Bruins. Sofia Wallauch led the offense with a pair of goals while Kim McCarty, Shelby Clark, Sydnie Bain, Hailey Hickey, Jordan Tavares, Jana Martello and Alex Melendez all checked in with one score apiece.
The win over the Bruins showed the drastic difference this season between the top of the PVL – Center and Colfax – and the rest of the league..
“Center is crazy strong this season,” said Diederichs. “They have everyone back from a team that won the section. But the rest of the league is in a down cycle this year. We feel good about being able to grab one of the league’s three playoff berths.”
Colfax fell to the powerhouse Cougars, 3-0, in the two teams’ first meeting last week. If the Lady Falcons don’t win the PVL this season, because of their enrollment, they look ticketed for a possible high seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division V bracket.
“We’ll see how that all plays out,” said Diederichs. “It’s still kind of early for that.”
This season Diederichs is looking for leadership from four-year varsity player Melendez, juniors Wallauch and Bain and goalie Cassidy Tracy.
Other players to keep an eye on include junior Mariah Vossoghi, sophomore defender Lea Reese and the freshman McCarty.
Colfax Boys 3, Bear River 1
The Falcon boys squared their PVL record at 1-1 with the win on the road Monday at Bear River. Cameron Derr, Kai Reimers and Nikko Kessinger all scored one goal each for the Falcons.
Placer girls unbeaten in FVL
The Placer girls soccer team has yet to suffer a loss in the Foothill Valley League, winning two and tying Oakmont Monday.
The Lady Hillmen have outscored their FVL opponents 12-0 over the first three games. In last week’s league opener vs. Rio Linda, senior Katie Schwab had a hat trick with three goals on four shots. Junior Charity Myers chipped in with three assists.
The Lady Hillmen (6-6-3, 2-0-1) continue FVL play Wednesday at Ponderosa, who is also undefeated in league.
Hillmen boys also undefeated in league
Placer’s boys have similarly kept pace with their Lady Hillmen counterparts at 1-0-1, which ties them at the top of the FVL with Ponderosa and Oakmont heading into Tuesday’s match with the Vikings.
Junior Mitchell Keddie and freshman Alejandro Prieto lead the Hillmen with three goals apiece for the season while junior Henry Cox is the main man in the net for Placer, who knock out all five FVL road games before finishing the second half of league with five straight home games.