Playoff hopes hurt by Del Oro
Nevada Union head coach Mike Voss joked that he might protest any further soccer matches scheduled after dark, after NU came back from Del Oro Wednesday night with a 2-0 Sierra Foothill League loss.
The loss dropped the Miners (4-4-1 SFL) into fourth place in league standings, and pushed Del Oro (4-3-2) into third place. The top three teams qualify for the postseason.
“If we win two of our next three, we should still get there,”said Voss. “This just puts more pressure on us.
“Del Oro outplayed us, but we had more opportunities in the second half than we did the first.”
The Miners were shorthanded due to fall break and an injury at the forward position, but Voss praised the play of Blue Smith at inside halfback and Shawn Lane and Daniel Rodriques on defense.
“Shawn had one of his best games of the year, as did Daniel,” said Voss, who also was pleased with the play of Robby Slaughter in goal. Slaughter had five saves between the pipes Wednesday.
The match marked the second this season under the lights for the Miners, who also fell against Woodcreek after dark.
“I’ll think we shoot for noon starts from now on,” Voss joked.
NU (13-4-2) will look to get back on track Friday, when the Miners travel to Oakmont. Nevada Union’s final regular-season home match is Oct. 25, when the Miners welcome league-leading Rocklin (12-3-0, 8-1-0).
Forest Lake Christian 9,
Vacaville Christian 1
Forest Lake Christian’s varsity soccer team got off to a slow start at Vacaville Christian Wednesday, but the Falcons turned a 2-1 halftime advantage into a 9-1 Central Valley Christian League victory.
Taylor Bigelow had four goals in the win, while Mitch Seman added two more scores. The Falcons also got goals from Eric Green, Matt Rose and Chase Alexander, who scored his first goal of the season.
Green, Seman and Carter Kaminski each had assists in the win, while Andreas Zeischegg had two assists.
According to FLC head coach Thad Kopec, Zeischegg now holds the school record for assists in a season with 18.
Kopec said Jon Lehmer, Luke Ziegenmeyer, Andrei Yaholkovsky and Rob Magorian provided strong defensive play in the victory.
FLC (16-3 overall, 9-0 CVCL) is back in action Tuesday, as the Falcons travel to Victory Christian.
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