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Lincoln tops Colfax 1-0 in hard-fought soccer matchup

By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX – Two teams that figure to be in the thick of this season’s Pioneer Valley League soccer chase battled here Monday afternoon in a classic defensive struggle that took a spectacular second half goal to decide it. Kicking off the PVL season, Lincoln’s Zebras and Colfax’s Falcons, the two most successful PVL teams by win-loss record in the pre-season, went at it tooth and nail for 90 minutes before the Zebras left town with a hard fought 1-0 victory. In a match that featured six yellow cards and a red card following the final whistle, the Zebras (7-1-1) picked up their margin of victory on a 40-yard strike in the 65th minute by Christian Guzman. Guzman’s line drive shot, which went just over the outstretched hands of Colfax goal keeper Lukas Christenson, hit the cross bar, came straight down and after taking a bounce just made it over the goal line before caroming away. Following a moment of indecision, the linesman on the far side of the field indicated a Lincoln goal. “That was a little unlucky for us,” said Colfax defender Taylor Dorsey who along with Christenson, Adam Allen and Josh Partin were standouts for the Falcons in the match. “If it bounces a foot one way or the other it doesn’t go in.” Lincoln, with pre-season wins over Whitney and Oakmont on its resume, out-shot the Falcons, 12-7, but had to survive a couple of first half scares on nice Colfax combination balls from Ben Rooker and Cameron Ford. “We never really got anything going on the offensive end,” Dorsey added. “But it’s a long league season, we’ll bounce back.” The Falcons’ biggest play of the afternoon came on a penalty kick by the Zebras 10 minutes into the second half after Colfax had been whistled for a hand ball in the penalty box. Facing off against Lincoln’s Isual Batista, Christenson went to his left for Batista’s shot that rocked off the opposite post. Catching his balance and coming back ball-side, Christenson recovered just in time to get a foot on the ball and turn away a shot by Lincoln’s Logan Hasty who had followed up Batista’s miss. “That was an awesome play by Lukas,” said Dorsey. “He was a little down on himself after the match because of the goal but his save was unbelievable.” Lincoln also received strong matches from forward Miguel Franco and defender Ryan Longley. Colfax will look for its first PVL win on Wednesday when they host Foothill at 3:30 p.m.