Women’s soccer defeats Modesto
Men’s soccer topples American River; inches closer to Big 8 title
Men’s basketball opens 2nd season with loss at Mendocino
After a sluggish start on Tuesday afternoon, the Folsom Lake College women’s soccer team found their mojo and pulled away to a 3-1 win over Modesto at Falcon Stadium.
Freshman forward Corrine Christmann finally got the Falcons on the board in the 38th minute with her first of two goals – the second came in the second half of play – when she got the Pirate goalkeeper to commit too far out and easily pushed the ball into the net. The Pirates had no answer for freshman Emma Thompson, who recorded two assists – one to Christmann and the other to Mikayla Smith – as she continually beat her defender before centering to her awaiting teammates in front of the goal. Smith headed in one of those centering passes in the 66th minute for the Falcons’ final tally.
The Falcons improved their overall record to 15-4-1 and are 11-4 with one match remaining in Big 8 play. They’ll host Diablo Valley on Friday afternoon, and then await the playoff seeding meeting next week to learn their first round playoff opponent for Saturday, November 17.
With a Big 8 title in their sights, the men’s soccer team entered the final week knowing that they control their own fate. The Falcons took care of step one on Tuesday night when they shut out American River College, 2-0, at the Beaver Soccer Stadium. The Beavers’ defensive game plan was to sit back and overload the area in front of the goal. While that was effective for the first half of play, the Falcons made some halftime adjustments that eventually started to create more chances. Midway through the second half, freshman Mason Lopez scored off a corner kick from Tanner Boyea to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Not long after, sophomore Chase Gray took a pass from Abraham Iniguez and, after some back and forth with the defender, found the net for another Falcon goal and a solid 2-0 lead. Gray’s goal was his eighth in the last six games, as he has taken some of the scoring burden off team scoring leader Miguel Medina.
The Falcons are now one win away from an outright Big 8 championship, which would be their second in as many years, with Friday’s match at Santa Rosa the only obstacle left. In their previous matchup on October 5, the Falcons prevailed 3-2 after allowing a Bear Cub goal in the first minute of play.
Big 8 Standings Points (3 for wins, 1 for ties)
Folsom Lake 7-1-1 22
Delta 6-1-2 20
Santa Rosa 5-3-1 16
The Falcons opened their second season of play with a long road trip to Ukiah, where they lost to Mendocino College on Tuesday night, 83-72.
The bus ride must have had an effect on the Falcons, as they fell behind early and only managed 26 first-half points. The second half was a different story, though, as they caught fire with 46 points, but it was a case of too little, too late, after allowing the Eagles to build a substantial halftime lead. The Eagles also had the long-range touch working, pouring in 17 three pointers. For the Falcons, sophomore transfer Matt Lyon led the team with 25 points, while returnees Isiah Maun and Zethan Dumpson chipped in 15 and 13, respectively.
The Falcons were scheduled to open their season – and first-year coach Ali Mollet’s career – at Mendocino on Tuesday, but received word over the weekend that the Eagles did not have enough players to play. So they’ll open on Thursday instead at the Cosumnes River Tournament, where they take on southern California’s L.A. Trade Tech, a perennial power from the South Coast Conference, at 4 p.m.