Falcons ace rare CVCL test
LAKE OF THE PINES — Stephanie Herron worked all night and into Thursday morning, making sure the Forest Lake Christian yearbook was just right.
After just a couple hours of sleep before school, Herron took the soccer field Thursday afternoon at Forest Lake and was her usual, boisterous self as she protected the Falcons’ net. Forest Lake needed her strong effort and Herron got plenty of help as the Falcons beat Victory Christian 2-0 in a battle for first place in the Central Valley California League.
Sophomore Morghan Koch pounced on a miscue by the Viiking defense and buried a shot in the left corner to put Forest Lake on top just seven minutes into the game. Forest Lake dominated the rest of the first half, but could not find any breathing room until Koch again broke free just one minute into the second half and finished with her left foot to make it 2-0.
Victory, led by prolific scorer Rachel Furtado, peppered the Forest Lake goal late in the second half, but could not break through. Herron had been in and out of the lineup all season, but she wasn’t about to miss the showdown with Victory, which was hoping to tie the Falcons for first place in the CVCL.
“We knew we were up against some of the best forwards in the league,” Herron said. “I knew if they came in close I wouldn’t be able to stop them so I had to come out more today. I’m playing with pain, but it’s my senior year.”
Emily English was a force in the middle for the Falcons, helping keep the Vikings’ explosive attack in check.
“The whole team came out really ready for this game,” English said. “We’ve been thinking about this game for a long time. Our practices have been centered around this game.”
The Forest Lake players were excited to have a challenge on their hands in a league contest. The Falcons won their first six CVCL games by at least four goals. They’ve given up just one goal in league play.
Coach Trenton Mol made sure his team got plenty of competition in non-league games. Forest Lake’s six losses all came against higher division opponents, including Colfax, Bear River, Casa Roble and Pioneer.
The Falcons have overcome major injuries to Dana Ormiston and Kayla Geary and will be one of the favorites in next month’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.
“We don’t have club players here,” Mol said. “When they aren’t here they’re playing volleyball or basketball. When we start the season and we have a tough schedule I think it kind of wakes them up for soccer season. We’re developing players and saying, ‘This is how you get better.’”
Colfax 4, Placer 0 — The Hillgals hung tough for 40 minutes, but the Falcons’ depth and balance were too much as three-second half goals sealed the win.
Iona Lofrano’s unassisted goal in the first half gave Colfax the momentum. In the second half, Katy Thomas scored back-to-back goals with assists from Celeena Wall and Kelly Harris. Emilee Klug capped the scoring with a blast into the corner on an assist from Lofrano.
Kate Bianchi and Christina Keyes had excellent field games for the Falcons, who improved to 6-0-1 in the Pioneer Valley League.
Caitlin Letcher was outstanding on defense for Placer (2-4 PVL), along with Camille Semons.