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Colfax rebounds to clip Placer, 1-0

Falcons send Hillgals to their first PVL loss, using Lofrano’s first-half goal, a steady defensive effort
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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COLFAX ” There's one thing that always seems to cure any ailment the Colfax High girls soccer team might be suffering through ” a hard-fought win over rival Placer. The Falcons held off the hard-charging Hillgals for a 1-0 victory Tuesday, putting themselves in position to contend for the Pioneer Valley League title in the process. I think this game came at the right time, Colfax coach Steve Robinson said. It's a funny game. We had an off day against El Dorado (a 3-1 loss), and I think in some ways this game came at a good time because we always try to play our best against Placer. We knew we didn't play well against El Dorado, so we bounced back and we were really determined today. Placer (5-1 PVL, 9-7-2 overall) had the better run of play for much of the match, but in the 18th minute Colfax's Chanel Filteau slipped a through-ball to Piper Lofrano. All alone behind the Hillgals' defense, Lofrano drilled a shot into the left corner of the net for the game's lone score. Placer's a very good team, they're very hard to break down and score against, Robinson said. We've been waiting for Piper and Chanel to kind of explode. They've played well all season, but I know they can do things like that because they play so well together. The Hillgals had a 17-9 advantage in shots and took seven corner kicks while Colfax (9-5-2, 4-1) had none. But Placer's relentless attack was fruitless thanks to solid goalkeeping from Amber Cramer and great defense from captain Sarah Castillo and company. Placer sophomore Chelsea Deschwanden was a terror on the right wing all game long. Laurel Odom and Theresa Meyer each created several dangerous chances and Rachel Myers played well in the midfield. Kelly Viray anchored the Hillgals' defense, which made just one major mistake all game long. That's all it takes in soccer is one breakdown, Placer coach Steve Cook said. I like the way we played. I like the way we didn't quit. We fought to the end and that's all I can ask. The Falcons survived several mad scrambles in their own box in the second half while Odom and Myers fired shots just wide of the net in the late going. Colfax also saw Courtney Evans re-aggravate a knee injury in the second half. Star sophomore Hailey Davidson was already missing with an injury. It was heart that won it for us at the end, Castillo said. Yeah, they had a lot of opportunities, Josie Ruzette added. With the win, Colfax now controls its own destiny in the race for the PVL crown. The Hillgals are a half-game ahead of the Falcons in the standings, but they've played one more game. If both teams can get through the rugged PVL slate without a blemish, they would meet in a winner-take-all rematch on May 1 at Auburn's Railhead Park. We get to see them the last game of the season and obviously that's going to be very important, Cook said. Every PVL game's important, but we get to see them again ” that's the nice part.