Fall sports teams remain undefeated with three road wins on Tuesday
Men’s soccer shuts out Butte
Volleyball sweeps DeAnza in 3 close sets
Women’s soccer knocks off ARC
In their closest and most physical match of the season, the Falcons continued their streak of early-season success with a tense 1-0 non-conference victory over Butte College on Tuesday afternoon in Oroville.
The intensity was evident on both sides of the ball, as the two teams appeared evenly matched. The turning point came midway through the first half when Falcon sophomore midfielder Miguel Medina buried a penalty kick into the net for his state-leading eighth goal of the season. From that point, the Falcons clamped down on the defensive side of the field, as they recorded their fifth shutout in six matches. Defenders Eddie Ramirez and Christian de Lima were selected as co- “Men of the Match” for their lock-down defense of the Roadrunners.
The Falcons have one non-conference match remaining before they begin Big 8 Conference play next week; they’ll host Contra Costa on Friday afternoon at Falcon Stadium in the opener of an FLC soccer doubleheader.
The Falcons managed to earn a victory in what was their most challenging match of the young season, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 over DeAnza on Tuesday evening in Cupertino. Not only were the Falcons pressed, they had to come from behind in two of the sets, a first for coach Matt Torrez’ young 2018 team.
“They demonstrated that they can maintain composure in difficult situations,” said Torrez. “They’re still learning and growing as a team, but I’m really pleased with the progress they’re making.”
Freshman Kaitlin Bullock was an offensive force with numerous kills, while sophomore Olivia Turner provided great defense and serving consistency.
With a 4-0 non-conference record, the Falcons now turn their attention to Big 8 Conference play, which begins on Friday with Cosumnes River visiting Falcon Gym at 6:30 p.m.
The Falcons opened their Big 8 Conference schedule on Tuesday night with the tough assignment of playing at American River, but came away with a satisfying 3-0 win over the Beavers.
Despite experiencing early nerves, the young Falcons dominated possession from the start and it wasn’t long before Emma Thompson found Sara Freed with a crossing pass from the right wing that Freed netted for her seventh goal of the season. Thompson wasn’t finished, however, as she found teammate Hayley Semkiw with another crossing pass in the 34th minute, which Semkiw scored for a 2-0 Falcon lead at halftime. The final Falcon goal came early in the second half and was the culmination of seven or eight passes that started from the goalbox and finished with Kacee Van Lindt slotting a center pass through to Sarah Scott for the goal. Falcon Goalkeeper Izzy Chinchay put the finishing touch on the shutout with a 1-on-1 breakaway save late in the match.
The Falcons will finally play their home-opener on Friday night when they host an undefeated Delta College squad in a Big 8 Conference match at 7 p.m.