The Week Ahead " Top two teams to meet in CVCL clash |

The Week Ahead " Top two teams to meet in CVCL clash

In terms of key contests, it doesn’t get any bigger in Central Valley Christian League soccer than Friday afternoon’s showdown between the league leaders.

Forest Lake Christian (9-5-4 overall, 3-0-1 CVCL) hosts Victory Christian (12-2-2, 3-0-1) in a 3:30 p.m. matchup that will put the winner all alone at first place in league standings.

The last time these two teams tangled, the match ended in a 2-2 tie at Cherry Island. And even though FLC and Victory will square off a third time (Oct. 23), as all members of the CVCL will do, Friday’s match could clearly give one of the contenders the upper hand.

“This should definitely be like a playoff atmosphere,” said FLC coach Thad Kopec. “I told the guys to be sure to invite their classmates out, to get a big crowd out there to create that type of atmosphere.

“We always play better with a bunch of screaming fans out there.”

In Victory Christian, FLC will be facing the top scorer in the section. James Kuhle has already netted 22 scores on the season. But the Falcons have some serious firepower of their own in senior Ben Sparling, who has 19 goals on the campaign.

“The last time we played them, about two weeks ago, we missed a lot of opportunities,” said Kopec. “We also gave them two easy goals, which I don’t think will happen Friday.”

Bear River at Placer, 3:30 p.m. Thursday – In addition to Tuesday’s rivalry match under the lights at Bear River, the Bruins get two more shots at top teams in the Pioneer Valley League over the next seven days. In addition to traveling to second-place Placer, Bear River is back in action Oct. 9 against Lincoln, which holds fourth place.

Nevada Union at Roseville, 3:30 p.m. today – If the Miners are to make up ground against the top half of the Sierra Foothill League standings, they’ll need to take care of business against the Tigers, who are still looking for their first league victory. On Friday, NU faces Woodcreek, which also has yet to net an SFL win.

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Nevada Union at Woodcreek, 3:30 p.m. Thursday – After falling to Del Oro in a back-and-forth battle Tuesday, this matchup means even more to the Miners, who slipped to 2-3 in the Sierra Foothill League. If the Miners are to make a run at the playoffs, matchups against top contenders like Woodcreek are critical.

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