Soccer: Bear River, Forest Lake Christian find out playoff paths
The Forest Lake Christian boys soccer team is back in the postseason for the second-straight year and looking to claim a second-straight Sac-Joaquin Section D-VII championship.
The Falcons drew the No. 4 seed in the D-VII bracket, which was released Friday, and will face former league foe No. 5 seed Cristo Rey.
“We will have to be on our A-game,” said FLC head coach Steve Koch. “(Cristo Rey) is always tough. That will be a good one.”
As the No. 4 seed, FLC will host the first round playoff match at 3 p.m. Thursday. If the Falcons can beat Cristo Rey (9-4-2, 4-1-1 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) they will face the winner of the Ripon Christian/Victory Christian contest. Ripon Christian (19-4-1) earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket after winning the Southern League. Victory Christian is the No. 8 seed after finishing third in the Central Valley California League.
The Falcons have not played Cristo Rey this season, but split a pair a games against them last season.
“We didn’t get a chance to play them this season, so I don’t know what to expect,” said Koch. “I do know they are always good, and always play us tough.”
The Falcons (10-7-2, 5-2-2 CVCL) finished second in the CVCL this season, falling just one game behind Delta who earned the No. 3 seed. Delta will face No. 6 Hughes Academy.
Last season, the Falcons grabbed the No. 1 seed and soared to the section title, beating Sierra Ridge, Sac Country Day and Faith Christian to earn the championship.
The Bear River boys soccer team also earned a playoff bid, their first in school history.
“I got 11 seniors on my team and they, with the exception of two, have been with the program all four years,” said Bear River head coach Dan Buxton. “They paid their dues big time. They deserve this.”
The Bruins are the No. 8 seed in the Sac Joaquin Section D-V playoff bracket, and will take on No. 1 seed Capital Christian.
The Cougars (15-3, 11-1 Golden Empire League) have won three-straight section titles. In 2011, Capital Christian won the D-V title before getting moved to D-VI the following year. They won the two section titles in a row at the D-VI level before being moved back to D-V this season.
“We will go at them the best we can and hopefully make a reasonable game out of it,” said Buxton.
The Bruins (8-9-1, 5-4-1 Pioneer Valley League) grabbed the third spot out of the PVL, behind second-place Lincoln and league champ Placer. Due to their enrollment size, Lincoln will play in the D-III playoffs and Placer will play in the D-IV playoffs. Capital Christian won its league easily and is currently on a five-game win streak. The match between Bear River and Capital Christian kicks off at 3 p.m. Thursday.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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