Placer holds off Lincoln, tightens PVL soccer race

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Lianna Moneypenny scored in the closing minutes of the first half to give the Placer High girls soccer team a 2-1 lead over Lincoln, an advantage that would hold up through the second half for the final score of a Pioneer Valley League clash at Lincoln Monday Placer (5-5-2 overall, 3-3 PVL) became the third team in the league with three wins and trails leaders El Dorado and Whitney, as well as second-place Colfax, by a few points in the standings midway through the season. Laura Nash scored the Hillgals’ other goal with 15 minutes left in the first half. Lizzie Phillips and Aubrey Furlong split time in goal during the physical game. Kayla Lipsmeyer, Karly Kenworthy, Brooke Bendorf and Kelly Viray played well on defense for Placer. The Hillgals host Forest Lake Christian in a nonleague game Wednesday afternoon at Railhead Park. Bear River 3, Mesa Verde 2 at Lake of the Pines — The Bruins deflected the Mavericks’ first goal in off a corner kick but scored two of their own in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. After Mesa Verde tied the score in the second half, Shea Galaspy scored the unassisted game-winner with 20 minutes remaining and Bear River held on. Galaspy also assisted the first of two goals by Janelle Jensen in the first half. Willa Davis assisted the other goal. The Bruins (2-2-1 PVL) wrap up the first half of PVL play Wednesday at Whitney. Colfax 0, Whitney 0 at Colfax — The Falcons and Wildcats played to a scoreless tie in a defensive PVL battle. Colfax had its best chance early in the first half when Adrienne Van Auker sent a hard cross that the Whitney goalkeeper bobbled. Kacey Capuchino got her knee on it but a Wildcat defender cleared it before the ball crossed into the goal. Falcons keeper Amber Cramer made eight saves, while Courtney Evans, Katie Cassilagio, Leah Schafer and Ashley Broussard played well defensively. Colfax (8-3-4 overall, 3-1-1 PVL) travels to El Dorado Wednesday. Forest Lake Christian 8, Delta 0 at Lake of the Pines — Kaylee Lommori scored two goals off consecutive assists from Christa Weisman in the first four minutes to spur the Falcons’ rout, their ninth straight win. Morghan Pomeroy made three saves for her sixth consecutive shutout. The Falcons have allowed only six goals this season, five of which came in their first two games. Forest Lake hasn’t given up a goal since a 6-1 win at Victory Christian March 12. Rachel Jordan and Taylor Engbrecht both scored twice while Weisman and Kacie McGeary added goals. McGeary, Lindsey Engbrecht, Elyse Vierra and Katelyn Seitz had assists. Center midfielder Lindsey Engbrecht and stopper Dana Ormiston played well defensively for the Falcons, who improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the Central Valley Christian League. Vacaville Christian 5, Foresthill 0 at Vacaville — Falcons goalkeeper Emily Lytle made five saves to shut out the Wildfires for the second time this season. Foresthill was shut out for the third straight game overall as Vacaville Christian led 3-0 at halftime and shot 28 times in the win to improve to 6-4 overall and 6-1 in the CVCL. The Wildfires, who host Woodland Christian Thursday, fell to 1-5 in the CVCL. Golden Sierra 4, Bradshaw Christian 2 at Garden Valley — The Grizzlies trailed the Pride 1-0 at halftime but used a second-half barrage to improve to 10-2-1 overall and remain perfect in the Golden Empire League at 5-0. Alexa McComb scored twice and added an assist while Jaimey Danielson–McKeague had a goal and an assist. Brittany Hammond scored and MacKenzi Gleason and Vanessa Liddicoat added assists. Golden Sierra hosts Marysville Wednesday.