Information Provided by Ronald Richardson, FLC Athletic Coordinator/Kinesiology Professor
Road Woes: Men & Women Both Fall, 1-0
Both of the Folsom Lake College soccer teams played away from home yesterday, both played well enough to win, and both endured a long ride back to Folsom after losing 1-0.
The Falcon women went up against the nationally-ranked number one Fresno City College Rams in Fresno yesterday in a non-conference showdown and almost pulled off the upset. The two teams waged a scoreless battle for 84 minutes before the Rams sent an errant crossing pass from 30 yards out that sailed into the back post for the only goal of the game. “I’m just proud of the way we played,” commented coach Donny Ribaudo. “We competed with the best team in the country and battled right to the end.” With both teams leading their respective conferences, they could potentially meet again in the postseason. The Falcons, ranked 7th in California and 10th nationally, will now focus on their six remaining Bay Valley Conference matches before concentrating on the state playoffs. They’ll face Merritt College on Friday afternoon at Falcon Stadium in the first game of a women’s/men’s home doubleheader.
The Falcon men, playing at Contra Costa on Tuesday evening, continued to exhibit their defense prowess as they again dominated time of possession. The Comet’s only goal of the game occurred in the 60th minute when Falcon defender Logan Guler passed to goalkeeper Patrick McDade, but the spinning ball eluded McDade culminating in an “own goal”. The Falcons pressed on, peppering the Comet goalie and controlling the action, but could not penetrate the net. “Once again, we played really well,” noted head coach Justin Johnson, “but we just didn’t finish. The own goal was unfortunate, but that happens…it’s soccer.” The Falcons return to action at Falcon Stadium on Friday evening as they begin the second half of Bay Valley Conference play against Mendocino at 6:30 pm.
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