With a break in the weather, the Gold Country varsity Stampede played the formidable Folsom Falcons under the lights at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium on Friday night.
The Stampede did not weather the storm brought by Folsom, falling behind 7-1 in the first half. The Stampede’s only first half goal was on a nifty shot by midfielder Peter McDowell.
In the second half, Nikolai Breiter guarded the net at goalie and completely shut down the first half scoring machine of the Folsom players, saving all seven shots fired his way. Never quitting and playing hard through the end of the game, the Stampede had three different players score in their comeback effort. Joe Matteoni scored late in the third quarter followed by fourth quarter scores from Drew Heaps and Ryan Owen, playing attack.
Also contributing, Amani Senegal played stifling defense in the second half. The Stampede ran out of time and fell short with the final score 7-5 in favor of the visiting Folsom team.
“Our players never gave up, but hats off to Folsom tonight,” Stampede coach Mortara said.
The varsity team then traveled to Petaluma Sunday for the second match of the weekend with last year’s Northern California champions, the Petaluma Rivercats.
The Stampede expected a strong match since Petaluma is playing well again this year and is currently undefeated. Petaluma scored first, and in the next possession, Stampede suffered a devastating blow when senior keeper Nikolai Breiter injured his hamstring chasing a missed shot. Breiter was replaced by Dylan Hopkins who held the Rivercats to three additional goals at the half. Sophomore midfielder McDowell scored the lone Stampede goal in the first half, and at halftime, Petaluma led 4-1.
In the third quarter, Petaluma showed why they are the top of the Northern California rankings by scoring seven straight goals. However, Stampede played the Rivercats even up in the fourth quarter, with junior attackman Derek Adelman scoring two goals to match Petaluma’s two additional goals. Drew Heaps had one assist.
The game ended with Petaluma winning 13-3.
Even with the loss, the Stampede’s playoff hopes are still very much alive with their current record of 3-3 and four upcoming games with division opponents. The Stampede faces off against their local rivals, the Yuba City Chiatku Saturday, with hopes of returning to the winning ways displayed in Redding at the start of the season.
JV: Gold Country 9, Folsom 5
The circumstances leading up to Friday night’s game under the lights at NU’s Hooper Stadium against the Folsom Falcons could have put the win in either teams control, but the outcome was a clear victory for Gold Country Stampede JV, 9-5.
Folsom came into the matchup with a 3-1 record, beating their competition with 12,13 and 14 point leads. But even with such an impressive record, the Falcons were no match against Gold Country Stampede.
The ﬁrst period started off with Stampede controlling the ball. On the occasion when the Falcons got a hold of it, the Stampede’s defense responded rapidly.
The Stampede’s ﬁrst goal of the night was scored by Toran Maronic and that set the victory into motion.
The face offs were adrenaline filled with the Stampede’s players winning 10-of-15 draws. Their technique, quick hands and great reaction speed made for some fierce play which kept the audience enthralled. Draws were won by Phillip Holland, Jimmy Vaughn, Mitchell Glass, Ryan Herbert and Ben O’Lena.
The Stampede’s nine total goals were scored by Mason Picard and Toran Maronic.
These opportunities to score arose from the great teamwork of everyone on the field and passing so smooth it looked choreographed.
Coach Sam Carroll credited the teams diligence at practice as a crucial element of their win.
“It got close there for awhile but we were able to pull ahead,” he said. “Our boys have come out to every practice on time and ready to work. They worked hard at practice and that was apparent in this game. They came to this game ready.”
U13: Stampede tops Folsom twice
Gold Country Stampede U13 Lacrosse continued their undefeated season Saturday under sunny skies in Folsom.
Game one against Davis started with some testing until some nice controlled passing all around the goal set up Matt Hansen feeding Tre Maronic for the score.
Later Hansen took a long shot out in front of the goal to make it 2-0. Maronic, with very aggressive and athletic play, scrambled through defenders and added a third goal. Cullen O’Connor made the next score with a nice shot in heavy traffic making it 4-0 to end the half.
During the second half, defenses toughened, offenses struggled a bit and the game ended with a 4-0 shutout for Gold Country.
Game two against Folsom started out as an evenly matched tough and scrappy contest. Hard-fought face offs and exciting battles for ground balls ensued. Folsom scored first. Dylan Scott eventually got an open shot, scoring his first goal of the season, to tie the game to end the first quarter.
The second quarter it all came together for Gold Country. The defense of Ben Arenchild, Eric Chastain, Danny Gratte and Carston Siebels was formidable and disruptive causing many turnovers. The offense took advantage of these opportunities and launched into a scoring onslaught that Folsom had no answer for. Michael Trujillo, Maronic, Mason Zimmerman, and even long pole defenseman Carsten Siebels added goals to end the half, 7-1.
Folsom came out to the second half with renewed energy. Hard hits and penalties were traded but eventually the Stampede took over and just could not be stopped.
Chandler Brown renewed the carnage after receiving a nice pass and put it in the net. The Gold Country bench started seeing heavier playing time but that did not slow the pace of scoring seeing goals from Reid Young, Maronic, Hansen, Mason Zimmeman and Tanner Takahashi, creating a final score of 12-1. Goalie Zimmerman had five saves. The hustle for ground balls, tough defense, and athletic aggressive offense overwhelmed the Folsom squad.
“It’s nice to see it all come together,” Coach Siebels said.
Gold Country U13 lacrosse plays El Dorado Hills at 11 a.m. Saturday at Nevada Union Hooper Stadium, then again travels Sunday to take on Granite Bay.