Thursday Oct 06 2011
Lincoln's stay at the top is brief
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
Zebras lose to Foothill, tie Colfax
Foothill High School’s boys soccer team handed Lincoln a setback, Tuesday, by defeating the Fighting Zebras, 4-2, in Lincoln. The loss made brief the Zebras’ stay at the top of the Pioneer Valley League standings, as they fell into tie for fourth place with Colfax, each with 1-1-1 league records. The Mustangs made a remarkable surge when PVL play began. Foothill’s preseason record was 1-6-0. They now have moved into a tie for first place with Placer and Center, all at 2-1-0. The Mustangs’ only defeat came in their league-opener against Colfax. Colfax _ In an excellent soccer match up, the Lincoln High School varsity held onto a 1-1 deadlock with the visiting Falcons as both rose to the top of the Pioneer Valley League Standings. With time winding down in the second period of play, Eduardo Amaya made good on a penalty kick to give the Fighting Zebras the tie in a defensive battle with the green-clad visitors. Goalie Manuel Vazquez was only called upon to make six saves in the match, but when needed he didn’t disappoint. “We played pretty good,” said Vazquez. “(Colfax) played pretty well also. They were very fast on attacking. It showed that either team could take the PVL.” It appeared Colfax had scored with less than five minutes gone in the match, but the Falcons were called for off sides and the goal was waved off. However, the visitors did make good on a goal at the 18:47 mark when Mike Moore put the ball into the back of the net. Besides Vazquez’s efforts, Lincoln’s Alex Paz, Ryan Longley, and Eddie Hernandez also had strong games on defense. Zebras head coach Jason Treanor said four of his first-team players were unable to practice the day before the game because of injuries and had to sit out the first half of the game. Treanor said their return to the lineup in the second half helped his club secure the tie. “We started out slow and sluggish. I think we underestimated them at first,” Treanor said. “We fought back. I’m proud of the boys for fighting back.” Ironically, the Falcons managed only six shots on goal; the Fighting Zebras recorded 37. Most of the game was played on Colfax’s side of the field Both clubs came into the contest 1-0 in league. Colfax defeated Foothill 2-0, and Lincoln downed Bear River 3-0. The surprise of the week was Placer’s 1-0 loss to Foothill last week. The Hillmen went into the game with a 11-0-3 preseason record. “We feel like we’re going to be contending for the (league) championship,” said Colfax soccer head coach Jim Logan. “Lincoln played a great game tonight. It’s one of the better Lincoln teams I’ve seen since I’ve been at Colfax.” Logan felt a lot of teams in the PVL would be contending for the league title. He said none of them could be taken for granted. JV _ The Zebras’ junior varsity squad remained unbeaten in nine games by defeating Colfax, 2-0. Matthew Contreras scored one goal on an assist from Logan Hasty, and Isaul Bautista put one past the Falcon goalie on a penalty kick. “It’s teamwork,” head JV coach George Bonilla said of his club’s success. “We’ve got a lot of individuals but they’ve come together creating a team. That’s what’s making them successful.” Bonilla said some of his players fill different positions when playing club ball and so they have to make adjustments when on the field for the Fighting Zebras. Bautista also had a solid game on defense, as did Zach Evans, Christian Guzman, and Riley Hollbrook.