FLC Falcons claim D-VII Section title (VIDEO)
Falcons 2, Lions 1
Team 1 2 F
FLC 1 1 2
Faith Christian 1 0 1
FLC: Seman – Goal (70th)
FLC: Makovey – Goal (8th)
Elk Grove – A journey that took the Forest Lake Christian boys soccer team from the bottom of the Central Valley California League to the top and more, is now complete.
The Falcons completed their quest to the pinnacle of the Sac-Joaquin Section (Division-VII) with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Faith Christian Saturday at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.
“We talked before the game and we said, ‘we’ve come too far,’” FLC head coach Steve Koch said. “It’s been a great season, and I knew we could do it. (Faith Christian) is a great team, but I knew if we put our best foot forward, we could take the game, and the boys did great.”
Forest Lake Christian closed the 2012 season with a 3-16-3 record, finishing second to last in the CVCL. But in Koch’s second year at the helm and with a team chalk full of seniors, the No. 1 seed Falcons went 17-5-1, won the CVCL with a 7-1 league record and charged through postseason, winning three contests by the combined score of 10-2.
“It’s insane,” team captain Hunter Seman said of his squad. “Some of the basketball guys like Luke (Jordan), Kyle (Soria), Roman (Makovey) and Owen (Swinney) came out and picked it up right off the bat. And we have the role playing guys like Scotty (Gauthier) who was just on all year, and Logan (Ray) was on, and Kyle (Soria ) was big for us in the cage. I don’t know what it was the year but … it feels pretty good.”
It was Seman who netted the eventual game winner in the 70th minute, an impressive effort in which he broke from the pack with the ball, dribbled a couple times then slotted the ball past the goalie and into the left corner of the goal.
“(Seman) is our guy,” Koch said. “You see these guys in sports that are special. The Joe Montanas of the team, and they step on the field and it’s special, and for us that’s him. That’s why he was the MVP of the league.”
For much of the game FLC controlled the possession, outshooting Faith Christian 17-10. The Falcons top scorer of the season Ray was constantly mixing it up with the much bigger defenders, and the physically imposing Makovey punched in FLC’s first goal in the eighth minute. It was his third of the postseason. Makovey entered the playoffs with seven goals all season.
“The difference was we wanted it more,” Ray said. “We came in with a lot of confidence, we had beaten them earlier this year, 5-2, but they were missing some players so we knew it was going to be a close game. They came out quicker and harder and with more desperation, but we played better in the second half.”
The Falcon defense was nothing short of amazing while facing a Faith Christian team that averaged more than four goals per game this season.
The defense of Daniel Cuneo, Sean Kadera, Luke Jordan and Tyler Young combined with the impressive goaltending of Soria shutdown the Faith Christian offense for most of the game. Only a header by Faith Christian’s Sun Lee in the 34th minute pierced the FLC armor.
“I love them,” Koch said of his defense. “I’m hard on them, but I love them. We are always looking for those guys to step up and they did.”
The Falcons will send off their seniors Seman, Ray, Jordan, Swinney, Kevin Hagerty, Kadera, Borrozo, Jason Foster, Cuneo, Soria, Tyler Young and Makovey as section champs and hope the experience gained by underclassman Daniel Marriot, Jared Hankins, Garret Jones, Alex Schneider, Gauthier and Garret Reader will lead to continued success.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford call 530-477-4232 or email email@example.com
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