Sunday Mar 23 2008
Robinson aims to keep Falcons flying atop PVL
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Colfax Girls Soccer Outlook
Steve Robinson didn't have a master plan to return to the sidelines at Colfax High's soccer field. But the Falcons first-year girls coach isn't complaining about taking the reins of a program that is in good shape for years to come. I've always loved the game and I missed it, said Robinson, who coached the Colfax boys to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship in 2001. I called (former coach) Lefty Wilks two years ago and asked if they needed any help and I just assisted that year. I coached the JV last year and really enjoyed it. I wasn't planning on coaching varsity, but everything's been great. Wilks stepped down after 15 years with the Colfax program, though she now assists Robinson on a part-time basis. The coach left plenty to work with from a team that went 20-2-3 last season and shared the Pioneer Valley League title with Whitney. A veteran defense, led by seniors Kait Van Auker, Sarah Castillo and Courtney Harrison is the foundation of the team. Ashley Broussard and Katie Cassilagio have emerged as key components of a defense that hasn't given up a goal in PVL play. Several talented youngsters have enthused the offense, helping make up for the graduation of Bradlee DeShane, who scored 25 goals last season. Junior Josie Ruzette already has nine goals to lead the Falcons (7-4-2 overall) this year. Though she lacks size, Ruzette's quick feet and great foot skills make up for it. She just knows how to score and she can also pass and set others up, Robinson said of Ruzette. Adrienne Van Auker ” Kait's sophomore sister ” and junior Chanel Filteau are also dangerous offensive weapons. Sophomore Amber Cramer continues to impress at goalkeeper. She's one of the best around, Robinson said. Senior Sam Harrison battled through a knee injury early in the season and is a leader in the midfield. K.C. Capuchino and Piper Lofrano are also very strong. Robinson said his team craves competition, which is a good thing when it comes to the PVL race. Whitney returns everyone from last year's co-championship squad. Placer is loaded with young talent and is off to a 3-0 start in league play. Bear River is vastly improved and Lincoln is very tough, especially on its home turf. You can't really overlook anybody, Robinson said. We like it. I know the girls are looking forward to facing (Placer, Bear River and Whitney). It's almost like a version of the old Sierra Foothill League in a lot of ways. The Falcons are aiming high. The goal is to host a playoff game for the first time in school history, which means they'll have to win the PVL. We have a lot of talent, but we're a little young and unsure of ourselves sometimes, Robinson said. I think we've shown that we can put it together and play really well.