Close bond helps Falcons take flight

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnist
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Just as a tomato grown in your home garden during the summer far exceeds the taste of a tomato purchased at a store, the taste of victory for this year’s Colfax High girls soccer team is sweeter because, with the exception of a little French flavoring, this team of talented athletes is also homegrown. Sporting a 17-0-3 record, this year’s squad is creating soccer history at Colfax. It would be hard to find a team in school history that could match this squad. With ‘the perfect storm’ combination of sophomores, juniors and seniors, the Falcons have played youth soccer since age 6. Senior Kacey Capuchino said the team’s bond is key to its success. “I think the team has done well this season because we have all played together for so long we know what the other players are going to do before they do it,” she said. Capuchino has played with 49er United for six years and Placer Prestige for two years. Ashley Broussard, a captain and senior on the team, has played for 49er United and Placer United. She is just one more example of how these young ladies have dedicated years of athletic service to the local select and competitive teams in the area. Broussard credits strong senior leadership to the success of the team this spring. “This group of girls has melded well despite so many of them having played both on the same team and at times on opposing teams,” said Colfax coach Steve Robinson, who also teaches AP U.S. History at the school. “This is a wonderful group of kids. They are all going to do good things in the world. For example, Ashley Broussard will be attending UCLA next year.” Robinson pointed out how this unique combination of sophomores, juniors, and seniors have all contributed to the unparalleled success of the team. Kate Bianchi is only a sophomore but is a team captain. Iona Lofrano, also a sophomore, has been a key contributor. Seniors Kelly Johnston, Lisa Schafer, Amber Cramer, Capuchino, and Broussard are the team leaders. Ashley Tobiasz, yet another senior, is the team’s leading scorer this season with 14 goals in 20 games. Adding a bit of international taste is Mathilde Bosgiraud, a French foreign exchange student. “She is very unselfish,” Robinson said of Bosgiraud. “She leads the team in assists. She is a very nice person and her fellow teammates have shown no resentment to her being on the team.” Monday night’s victory over El Dorado sets up a titanic game today. Colfax will host Whitney, with the victor grabbing the league lead in the ultra-competitive Pioneer Valley League. In their first match of the season, the teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Whitney is the defending league and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion. According to Robinson, a win tonight would not only bring the team one step closer to the league title, but it would also help when the section committee seeds the teams for playoffs. “We would love to have home field advantage during the playoffs,” Robinson said. “It’s hard to win on the road. This school has never been in a section championship game, but it is a goal we feel we can achieve.” A huge crowd at today’s game could only help these hometown girls.