Falcons on flight toward repeat

Forest Lake again dominating CVCL with young nucleus
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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LAKE OF THE PINES — Christa Weisman isn’t sure how Forest Lake Christian manages to churn out great girls soccer teams year after year. The Falcons lost loads of talent from last season’s section championship team to graduation and transfer. But after crushing Central Valley Christian League rival Vacaville Christian 3-0 on Monday, Forest Lake (7-1 overall, 4-0 CVCL) is looking stronger than ever. “Every year we lose like five seniors that are amazing,” Weisman said. “We get in a whole bunch of freshmen that have played before, but not on a varsity team. We have great coaching. I don’t know how we do it.” Former William Jessup University coach Trenton Mol has teamed up with Ken Raskin on the Forest Lake sideline. The co-coaches have guided a Falcons squad with seven freshmen to an impressive start. “We are really young, but everyone’s finding their niche on the team,” senior midfielder Lindsey Engbrecht said. “We lost a lot of really good players and I did not expect to be this good. We have some freshmen that have really stepped up and everyone’s been working hard and it’s paying off. We’re just as good as last year I think.” The Falcons have a ways to go before they can substantiate that claim. Last year’s team finished just 13-9-6 overall, but caught fire in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs and edged Bradshaw Christian in a shootout to win the title. Engbrecht anchors this year’s midfield, playing alongside her sophomore sister Taylor. Weisman, a junior, leads the team with seven goals from her midfield slot and junior Katelyn Seitz, who rotates between forward and midfield, has five goals and five assists. Talented junior Kacie McGeary is a playmaker in the midfield and junior Kaylee Lommori has also played well this season. Freshman Dana Ormiston has quickly become a factor on offense. Seniors Alaura Woody and Elyse Vierra provide leadership on the defensive side of the ball after playing key roles on last year’s title team. They’ve guided freshmen Lia Haggerty and Emily English along as they’ve emerged as defensive stoppers. Junior Morghan Pomeroy is one of the top goalkeepers in the area. She has five shutouts in eight games and brings confidence to the entire team. “She just has heart,” Weisman said of Pomeroy. “She loves this sport and she doesn’t give up. She gets beat up during games, but she just keeps going. She’s just good.” After winning its first four CVCL games by a combined score of 16-1, Forest Lake is seeking out challenges. The Falcons will play at Placer next week and Raskin said he’s hoping to land games with Del Oro, Nevada Union and Bear River in the coming weeks. “We welcome all challenges with open arms,” Seitz said. Forest Lake will certainly face some hungry challengers in the playoffs, come May. “I think we’re extra motivated this year,” Seitz said. “We know how hard it is to repeat, but we’re willing to adapt and willing to work our hardest because it’s going to be even harder than last year.” Foresthill In the second year of the girls soccer program, the Wildfires are looking to break new ground. Eight players return for Foresthill (1-2), which has already matched its win total from last season. Coach Ahmet Ibrahim has taken over as coach and junior Brittany Salveson returns as a captain for the young team.