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FLC soccer set the bar, now wants to continue raising it

The Forest Lake Christian girls soccer team made school history when it earned a first-ever berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs last week.

The Lady Falcons, who rolled to a 17-4 overall mark and took second in the Central Valley Christian League with a 12-2 record, will travel to Central Catholic of Modesto 3:30 p.m. for Tuesday’s first round matchup.

“All of the girls are really pumped that we made it to the playoffs. From the beginning of the year, our goal was to win league and make it to the playoffs. We didn’t win (the CVCL) but we’re all very excited we made it this far,” FLC co-coach Colleen Winans said.

The third-year Lady Falcon coach knows her squad will be in for a big test with the Southern League Champions (20-1-1 overall).

“They went undefeated in league and they have three of the league’s top scorers. But our strength right now is our defense,” she said.

FLC is solid in goal with Sam Van Winkle. The sophomore, who is second on the team in goals with 15, has tallied 106 saves and pitched six shutouts on the season.

She’ll rely on the back four of Kelly Ginney, Kelsey McKeever, Rachel Hodges and Leyna Allred to keep CC’s forwards out of the box.

If the Lady Falcons have any weak spot, it’s on offense.

Late season injuries to top scorer Katelyn Gilfillan (18 goals) and midfielder Brynne Edwards have Winans scrambling.

“I’m not really too worried because some of our subs can do just as good a job as our starters,” Winans said.

It isn’t all bad news for the Lady Falcons as forwards Amanda Cederloff (12 goals), Lauren Clough (seven goals) and Amber Harman are at full strength.

“Amanda started off (the season) slowly, but she has been scoring a lot for us lately. And Lauren has the ability to to do so much with the ball,” Winans said.

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