Local roundup: Falcons’ soccer team rebounds for victory
Forest Lake Christian’s girls soccer team rebounded from Monday’s tough loss to Victory Christian by beating Central Valley League foe Country Day 4-1 Tuesday.
Falcon senior Jillian Witzke put her team on the board just two minutes into the game on an assist from junior forward Ellia Meade.
Country Day responded with a goal in the first half to knot both teams at one going into the second half.
After an intense pep talk, the Falcons came out firing in the second half with Shelby Lowe scoring back-to-back goals off assists from Chelsea McGirr.
Senior midfielder Megan Stallings scored the team’s final goal on a long-distance shot to the upper right corner.
Goalie Katie Fletcher racked up six saves with Aubrey Stelzner and Jordan England splitting time at sweeper to make seven defensive stops each. Forest Lake Christian coach Alane Burke also praised the play of freshman Alaura Woody on defense.
The Falcons (6-2-4) travel to Sacramento Waldorf Friday.
Nevada Union 12, Johnson 2
Leigh Collins, Kacey Rogers, Erica Goode and Jocelyn Rapp each scored twice as the Miners improved to 4-7 in the Metro League.
Marinda Graham, Ariane Turner, Diana Rubio and Jill Hagey each scored once.
Graham and Clark each had two assists, and in goal Paige Carnahan had two saves.
Megan Wieczorek and Thomas Coibion were the only two Forest Lake Christian players to make it to the quarterfinal round in the Golden Empire League singles tournament at Lindhurst.
After beating Pioneer’s Monica Cabaello 6-3, 7-6, 9-7 Wieczorek lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Gabriella Medrano of Inderkum.
“A lot of the matches went to deuce in the last two sets,” Wieczorek said. “So a lot of it was just getting the last point. And it was also (an issue) of endurance, because I had a long first match.”
Coibion lost 6-3, 6-3 to Marysville’s David Blanchard in the quarterfinal after defeating Teddy Fox of San Juan, 6-1, 6-4.
Coibion’s brother Nick lost 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 in the first round to Golden Sierra’s Zach Millington, and Jenny Johnson was defeated by Anna Kornek of Inderkum, 6-0, 6-0.
The doubles tournament is today at Inderkum. Forest Lake Christian is sending two boys teams, two girls teams and a mixed doubles team.
Crystal Johnson threw eight strikeouts in her complete game win for Forest Lake Christian (5-2).
Each team had five hits, but 10 Forest Lake Christian batters were walked.
Jessica Lockhart had two of the Falcons’ hits, as she batted 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Lindsey Richert, Julie Moore and Rebecca Farnum each had one hit. Richert had an RBI and Farnum scored twice.
Nevada Union’s D.J. Milligan shot 1-under par 71 to capture second-place at the Metro Conference Tournament and clinch a berth on the all-league team Monday at Bing Maloney Golf Course.
Milligan and Gavin Butcher, who shot 75, both qualified for the sub-section tournament next Tuesday at Paradise Valley in Fairfield.
Two teams and six players from non-qualifying teams advance to the sub-section event.
Milligan birdied four of the last five holes to finish 1-under for the front nine holes en route to his 71.
“It was solid, but it could have been better,” Milligan said. “I was 3-over through four holes, then I went on a flurry. I made some putts and got some momentum going into the back nine.”
Milligan finished No. 3 in the conference for the season, not far behind MVP Ryan Hallisay of Granite Bay.
“D.J. is the No. 3 guy in the league and the MVP of the league only beat him by six strokes. That’s pretty impressive. I’m proud of him,” NU coach Hank Davidson said.
Milligan and Butcher are both juniors.
Granite Bay shot 1-over par 361 as a team to win Monday’s Metro title. Yuba City was second at 383, followed by Kennedy at 393 and Nevada Union at 402. Granite Bay junior Billy McGowan shot 67 to earn medalist honors.
Butcher shot 75, John Hyland 81, Ryan Walker 83, Collin Rutherford 92 and Shane McCombs 92 for the Miners.
Butcher punched his sub-section ticket thanks to strong performances in his final two tournaments, including a 76 last week at Alta Sierra Country Club. He finished 11th in the Metro’s individual standings. Hyland missed the sub-section cut by one stroke.
NU junior varsity finishes second
Granite Bay shot a 213 to win the three-team JV tournament at the Alta Sierra Country Club.
The Miners shot 223 for second place and Rocklin finished third with 229.
NU was led by Collin Rutherford and Sean Babin, who each shot 41.
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