Crown ran down
Taylor Bigelow ignited Forest Lake Christian’s offense, but it was Andreas Zeischegg who fueled the Falcons Tuesday in a Central Valley Christian League-clinching victory.
The Falcons (15-3-1 overall, 8-0 Central Valley Christian League) ended the first half in a scoreless tie Tuesday with visiting Sacramento Waldorf (9-6-1, 5-3 CVCL) in CVCL soccer action, but they started the second half with five unanswered goals on their way to a 6-2 win and at least a share of the league championship.
Bigelow, a junior, struck first at the 47th minute, when a deflected shot by teammate and fellow junior Zack Rose landed at Bigelow’s feet in the right side of the box.
Waves’ sophomore keeper Alex Costa and Waldorf senior defender Justin Andrews collided and fell down while blocking Rose’s attempt, leaving Bigelow with a clean path to the net.
A minute later, Zeischegg, Forest Lake Christian’s senior, leading scorer hit his first of three shots, striking from 50 feet in front of the goal. Zeischegg struck again another minute later from close range, when a Falcons’ shot bounced to him off the right goal post.
“Three goals in three minutes,” Forest Lake Christian coach Thad Kopec said. “That just took the wind right out of them.”
Falcons senior midfielder Carter Kaminski gave his team a 4-0 lead at the 54th minute, when Costa caught the line-drive shot from about 25 feet away and then bobbled it into the goal.
Kaminski’s score paved the way to Zeischegg’s 21st goal and first hat trick of the season. Zeischegg took a pass off his chest in front of Andrews at the 59th minute, made a move to the left, cut back to the right and nailed it in the right side of the goal. Andrews slipped while trying to recover from the fake, and was forced to watch a second goal from the ground.
“That one stood out the most,” Zeischegg said of his third goal.
The turnaround from the ineffective offense in the first half to the overpowering one of the second, according to Zeischegg, took everyone on the team.
The Falcons took eight of their 20 shots on goal in the first half. The Waves finished with nine shots, four of which came in the first half.
Zeischegg said the difference in the second half was that the Falcons were encouraging each other.
“We were kind of getting frustrated with each other in the first half,” Zeischegg said. “We weren’t having our best game.”
With four games left in the regular season, the win guaranteed Forest Lake Christian at least a share of the CVCL title. The Falcons would have to lose the remainder of their games, and second-place Waldorf would have to win their final four to earn a tie for first place.
Kopec doubts that will happen, especially if the Falcons’ defense can play to its potential.
“We’ve got the offensive attack,” he said.
After Waldorf scored a pair of late goals against mostly substitutes, Caleb O’Brien scored on a breakaway at the 75th minute.
Falcons keeper Jason Pulliam finished with five saves.
Kopec called senior defender Luke Ziegenmeyer’s performance awesome, and he added Kaminski’s play improved greatly in the second half.
“Some of our players were saying at halftime, ‘I can’t play any worse,'” Kopec said.
Forest Lake Christian plays each of its final four games on the road: at 4 p.m. today at Vacaville Christian, Tuesday at Victory Christian, Oct. 27 at Woodland Christian, and Nov. 3 at Vacaville Christian.
The Waves’ schedule includes two matches against Victory Christian, one against Vacaville Christian and one against Woodland Christian.
To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4247.
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