Forest Lake Christian stands atop CVCL soccer with shutout
The Lady Falcon soccer team has had trouble competing with the larger schools on its schedule.
The same cannot be said for schools of similar size.
Forest Lake Christian defeated Vacaville Christian 4-0 on Wednesday to maintain its perfect Central Valley Christian League record, moving to 5-0.
The visiting Falcons lost control of a cross-field pass and let it rest in the grass when FLC sophomore Emily English drove the ball into the back of the net. The goal was the first score of the game, as well as the winning goal as it turned out.
“I have never been on a team that is so close to each other,” English said. “We have a sisterhood.”
Just before the half the Lady Falcons added to their lead thanks to Katelyn Seitz, who kicked a low top-spin shot past Vacaville’s goalie for a 2-0 lead at intermission.
Morghan Pomeroy, FLC’s goalkeeper for the last four seasons, could have wrapped herself in a blanket in to fight off the cold weather since she did not have to fight off a single Vacaville shot on goal in the first half of the game.
The second half found two more goals by the host Falcons, the first came from English, her second of the game.
The game’s final score came when Seitz stole a Vacaville goalie throw and then a passed to a breaking Pomeroy, who had been moved out of the Forest Lake goal to start the second half.
Freshman Staci Ryan replaced Pomeroy at goal keep. Ryan stopped six Vacaville shots on goal, letting none by to hold onto the shutout.
Senior midfielder Kaylee Lommori kept the pressure on the Vacaville defense all afternoon, while sophomore sweeper Dana Ormiston was the stopper on defense, at least until second-year coach Trenton Mol cleared his bench to get the reserves some action.
Mol said his team can make a deep run into the playoffs, if his younger players contribute.
“In practice we have them (sophomores) going against the seniors,” said Mol, who has 393 career coaching wins combined between club and high school ball. “They are going to need to step up.”
FLC has five team captains this year.
“The team voted for captains and there was a clear winner but four others tied,” Mol said. “Who am I to say you won and you didn’t? We went with what the girls voted and have five.”
The five team leaders are led by senior midfielder Christa Weisman, who was the CVCL league MVP as a junior.
Senior midfielder Kacie McGeary and senior forward Seitz also share captain duties.
“They just know where each other are,” Mol said. “You put them together and things just happen.”
Senior midfielder Lommori, who leads the team with nine goals on the season is also a captain.
“She was cut as a freshman,” Mol said. “She went to camps and dedicated herself and next year she will be playing soccer at Simpson College in Redding.”
Last, but not certainly least, in the list of captains is Pomeroy.
“She has a heart of gold,” Mol said. “She is very athletic and has been stuck in the goal, because her team needs her.”
Since Pomeroy’s freshman season, Forest Lake Christian has posted a 41-24-11 record, including a Division VI section title, two runner-up finishes and three league championships.
Pomeroy will be trying out for the volleyball team next year at Oral Roberts and if she does not make the squad she said she will give soccer a shot.
“I’m excited to go off to college. I’m excited to explore and to learn more about myself,” Pomeroy said. “I love and will miss the family aspect (referring to Forest Lake Christian), we befriend the younger players, we help each other with personal problems, homework. There aren’t cliques.”
Replacing Pomeroy in goal next year will likely be Ryan.
“We are just trying to give her game time,” Mol said. “Morghan is helping develop her and giving her the confidence she needs.”
Next up for FLC is a re-match of Wednesday’s game at Vacaville on April 12.
Scott P. Hopper is a sports writer for The Union. Contact him via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 477-4231.
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