League-leading Lady Falcons beat Lincoln
Saying that Katy Thomas has been a jack-of-all trades this season for the Colfax High girls soccer team is a huge understatement.
Thomas, a three-year varsity player, has lined up at forward, played midfield and even when needed, has gone back and defended more than ably.
On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas was given another chore. Called upon to break a scoreless duel in the second half with Lincoln, the Colfax senior calmly booted a penalty kick past the Zebras’ goalie for the difference in the 1-0 Lady Falcons’ Pioneer Valley League win.
Colfax’s critical PVL win gave the Lady Falcons (5-1, 9-4-3) the league lead, coupled with the news of Placer’s 2-1 loss to Foothill. Lincoln, meanwhile, fresh off knocking off then-undefeated Placer on Monday, falls back to 3-2-1 on the year.
Thomas’ game-winning kick came with about 25 minutes left in a match that proved to be a bruising defensive battle with several fouls coming from both sides.
“It was a physical match,” Thomas said. “I like playing forward but today coach wanted me doing a little of everything and I don’t mind as long as it helps the team.”
Colfax missed out on some first-half scoring chances but still dominated play in the Lincoln half of the field with fine efforts from Thomas,Tori Henry, Emilee Klug and Amber Tobiasz.
The Lady Falcons then missed a golden opportunity early in the second half when Kelly Harris hit the post from 15 yards away. Lincoln also had a good scoring chance go astray five minutes later when Hayley Fleming’s short volley went over the top of the goal.
The match’s lone score came after the referee called Lincoln for a penalty when the Zebras’ goalie and a defender got tied up with a Colfax player inside the box.
Thomas then boomed through the PK, which now gives her 14 goals this season.
Colfax travels to Foothill for a 7 p.m. Monday night game before visiting Placer next Thursday in a 7 p.m. match that will have PVL title implications.
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Thomas said. “Hopefully we can keep it going.”