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Zebras hand Placer girls soccer first PVL loss

Lincoln ekes out 1-0 win over Hillmen
By: Gold Country News Service
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LINCOLN – The Pioneer Valley League girls soccer chase tightened a bit Monday night after Lincoln’s Zebras handed previously undefeated Placer its first league loss of the season.

After a scoreless first half, the Zebras connected on a goal from about 18 yards out with about 20 minutes left in the match that proved the difference.

“Lincoln has a good team and they’re especially tough at home on their turf,” said Placer coach Steve Cook. “We played well but Lincoln was a bit better tonight.”

The loss leaves Placer and Colfax now tied for the PVL lead with identical 4-1 records with Lincoln a half-game back at 3-1-1. Lincoln travels to Colfax Wednesday while Placer visits Foothill to start the second half of league play.

Despite the tough loss, Cook was especially pleased with the efforts of goalie Jenelle Pickard (12 saves), Brittany Bartle, Alex Lee, Mikayla Lopez and Claire Brown.

“We played hard but came up just a little short tonight,” said Cook. “We’ll get ready for Foothill and Center, they’re both away and both on turf.”