Soccer teams both win at home
Volleyball stung by 5-set loss to ARC
Prior to Tuesday’s match, the Folsom Lake and Santa Rosa women’s soccer teams had met nine times over the past 3-1/2 seasons with some interesting results: two wins for Santa Rosa, three wins for FLC, there have been four ties, and never had there been more than two goals scored (combined) in any one match. Tuesday’s outcome was a dramatic change of script as the Falcons scored four first-half goals on their way to a dominating 5-0 win over the Bear Cubs. Freshman forward Michaela Clark got the Falcons off to a quick start with a goal in the third minute of play, her team-leading 14th of the season. Three minutes later, sophomore Sarah Scott put the Falcons up 2-0 with her first goal of the season. Both early goals were assisted by Emma Thompson, who now leads the state in that category with 13. Next, Sarah Freed rifled a long shot in the 27th minute and Emily Doty punched in her 8th goal of the season in the 42nd minute to give the Falcons a 4-0 lead at halftime. The offensive onslaught was quite a turnaround from the Falcons’ last match, a 1-0 loss to Delta in which they never got a shot on goal. Sarah Freed added one more goal for the Falcons in the second half – her 10th of the season – as coach Ribaudo was able to find playing time for his entire squad.
Sarah Freed on her way to her second goal of the match against Santa Rosa The Falcons were able to show their winning smiles again!
The Falcons improved to 11-3-2 overall and 6-3-1 in Big 8 play and will play at Sacramento City (3-10-1 overall, 0-9 in Big 8) on Thursday evening.
The Falcons hosted West Hills-Lemoore on Tuesday evening for their third of four non-conference crossover matches with Central Valley Conference teams, eventually earning a hard-fought 2-0 victory. Despite the Falcons’ 11 shots on goal, they couldn’t find the net and the two teams went to the halftime break tied at 0-0. The frustration continued in the second half as the Falcons continued to dominate possession but failed to score. But in the 73rd minute, a red card foul on the Eagles’ goalkeeper led to a Falcon free kick from just outside the goal area. Sophomore forward Tanner Boyea sent the kick high into the top corner of the net for a 1-0 lead, his fourth goal of the season. With a one man advantage (due to the red card), the Falcons clamped down on the defensive end for the remainder of the match to preserve the shutout. Freshman forward Zwannah Johnson added a goal on a breakaway just before time expired for the Falcons’ final tally.
Tanner Boyea broke the tie in the 73rd minute with a free kick goal Omar Ramirez was named ‘Man of the Match’ by his coaches and teammates
The Falcons (10-1-5) will face undefeated and state #3 ranked Fresno City (10-0-5) on Friday afternoon in Fresno before resuming Big 8 Conference play next week.
As expected, the huge showdown between Big 8 rivals Folsom Lake and American River went to a fifth set on Wednesday night at Falcon Gym before the Beavers finally prevailed, 13-25, 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10. The match had a bit of everything, including powerful kills, big blocks, stellar defensive digs, and even some ugly miscues. In fact, the victory was probably determined by the team making the fewest errors. Unfortunately for the Falcons, three service errors in the final set doomed the outcome. The Falcons had stretches of brilliance, as evidenced by the 25-13 opening set dominance. But they also managed to give away too many points, especially in the deciding fifth set. Falcon sophomore Caitlin Dillon had her powerful right arm working, but the Beavers countered with quick sets to middle hitter Kendall Welpott all night long, and outside hitter Allison Linder also torched the Falcons with numerous kills. For the Falcons, Julin Kenison put up big offensive numbers and Madi Pearce was a defensive stalwart, digging kills from the back row.
Julin Kenison has put up big numbers for the Falcons in her freshman season Sophomore Madi Pearce digs yet another ARC hit on Wednesday night
The Falcons (14-4, 6-3 in Big 8) must regroup quickly as they face Sierra (14-7, 7-2 in Big 8) on Friday night in Rocklin.
Upcoming sports schedule (home events in bold):
Thur Oct 24 Women’s soccer at Sacramento City, 6:00 pm
Fri Oct 25 Men’s soccer at Fresno City, 4:00 pm
Women’s volleyball at Sierra, 6:30 pm
Tues Oct 29 Women’s soccer vs Modesto at FLC, 6:00 pm
Wed Oct 30 Women’s volleyball vs Modesto at FLC, 6:30 pm