Lincoln improves to 2-1 in early play

Zebras host Wheatland Friday
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High girls soccer team started the season with solid success, pitching shutouts in two of their matches.

The Fighting Zebras traveled to Lindhurst and blanked the Blazers 2-0. The Lincoln defense again came up strong and the offense got goals from Morgan Pitkin and Autumn Bersch to seal victory No. 2.

Whitney 3, Lincoln 0

Trading feast for famine, the Zebras were unable to penetrate the Wildcats defense and fell 3-0 at home in their second contest played Nov. 28.

Whitney, a strong team from the Sierra Foothill League improved to 2-0 and was yet to be scored upon.

“(Lincoln) played extremely well and played hard all night but could not keep the Division II school off of the score sheet,” said Zebras’ first-year head coach Garrett Morgan. “We are improving every day and hopefully this game gets us one step closer to our goal of winning trophies and competing for championships.”

Lincoln 4, Woodland 0

A defending section champion, the Wolves got a rude welcome visiting Zebra Nation Nov. 27.

Lincoln came onto the pitch determined in the first half, and walked off at intermission with a 3-0 lead.

Bersch struck first with a 6-yard strike off an assist by Hailey Mills. Taylor Lee then hit Pitkin, who put the ball in the back of the net from 7-yards out.

Lee then put her name in the scorebook from inside the 10-yard line, getting and assist from Grace Morebeck.

In the second half, Lee fired the shot heard round the pitch, when she rifled one past Woodland’s goalkeeper from 33-yards away. Mills was credited with the assist.

Morgan was quick to point out that the 2017-18 section champion Wolves were not the same club, after losing seven seniors to graduation last year. Still, he was well pleased with his club’s performance.

“We have only had a few weeks of training total to implement our system because of the fires, but these girls made great decisions time after time,” Morgan said.

Coach Morgan also singled out the play of Bersch, Andrea Cuevas and Morgan Pitkin, who is new to the team.