Zebras suffer tough 1-0 loss at Center

Playoff spots starting to tighten
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Girls Soccer Standings

Center (5-0-0, 13-1-0) win over Lincoln1-0

Placer (4-1-0, 7-4-2) win over Colfax 4-1

Lincoln (3-2-0, 9-3-0) loss to Center 1-0

Colfax (2-3-0, 8-7-1) loss to Placer 4-1

Bear River (0-4-0, 0-8-3) loss to Center 6-0

Foothill (0-4-0, 1-8-1) loss to Colfax 10-0


Feb. 7 (Wed.) Colfax 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14 (Wed.) Center 7:30 p.m.



Center had to pull out all the stops to keep the Lincoln girls soccer team from scoring, as the Pioneer Valley League leaders pulled out a 1-0 victory at home Monday.

The Cougars have given up just one goal in the PVL and that was to Colfax Jan. 12. Center had been averaging four goals a contest since beginning league play.

The loss dropped the Fighting Zebras to 3-2 in conference, but the Fighting Zebras remain in third place. The top three PVL teams in the standings receive an automatic bid to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.

Lincoln has five regular-season games remaining, with Center being the final Feb. 14 on the Zebras’ pitch.

The Zebras were scheduled to play at Foothill Wednesday and then travel to Auburn for a match Monday.

Lincoln 2, Bear River 0

Andreas Cuevas and Reese Zinzun both scored goals and Aliya Aguilar helped with an assist for the PVL victory Jan. 24.

Lincoln 4, Colfax 0

It did not take long for the Zebras to bounce back from their loss to Placer, pounding out a 4-1 victory over visiting Colfax Monday. Bear River visits Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Falcons and Fighting Zebras were locked in a 1-1 tie going into the second half of play. In danger of dropping farther behind league-leaders Center and Placer, Lincoln came out smoking and put the match away with three straight goals.

Andrea Cuevas had a goal and two assists; teammate Autumn Bersch had a goal and one assist. Aliya Aguilar and Natalie Gonzalez scored the Zebras’ other two goals.

Aguilar and Bersch lead Lincoln in scoring with 12 and 10 goals respectively. Aguilar is a junior and Bersch a sophomore.

Goalkeepers Madi Nelson and Victoria Navarro combined to make seven saves in the contest.

Placer 2, Lincoln 1

Hillmen senior Rachel Roche scored two goals in the first half, as Placer held on for the Pioneer Valley League win last week.

The Zebras’ Cynthia Chavez scored for the home team; Chavez is a junior.

Center and Placer were to meet in Placer Wednesday to see if either can take over first place in the PVL all alone.