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PREP BOYS SOCCER

Lincoln ends preseason on a winning note

Team chemistry producing results
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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FOOTHILL VALLEY LEAGUE

Boys Soccer Preseason Standings

Team         Record                SOS

Lincoln      (0-0-0, 6-3-3)     5.8

Oakmont   (0-0-0, 4-3-0)     2.7

Placer         (0-0-0, 2-2-2)     2.3

Ponderosa (0-0-0, 1-5-2)      7.4

Rio Linda (0-0-0, 2-9-0)     3.8

Nev. Union (0-0-0, 0-7-0)    3.1

SOS: Strength of Schedule

 

In spite of suffering a couple losses in the Del Campo tournament last week to a couple top programs, the Lincoln High boys soccer team came home to wrap up the preseason in style.

Wednesday, former Pioneer Valley League foe Foothill came calling and Thursday, the Fighting Zebras took on the Fairfield Falcons; both went home with shutout losses.

“We’ve gotten better every game and that is due to the hard work they are putting in at practice,” said head coach George Bonilla. “We played Jesuit and we held them; the kids did a great job holding them. At halftime and for the most of the game we held them to 1-0.

Although the Zebras eventually fell 3-0 to the Marauders, Bonilla said the defense was starting to gel. Much of his defense was lost from last year through graduation.

Lincoln 2, Fairfield 0

Goals were scored by Brysen Manzano and sophomore Josue Rodriguez. Goalkeeper McClean Learned had five saves in the match.

Learned, a junior, and senior Orlando Basurto have stepped up as team captains. Bonilla said the team has responded well to them in the leadership role.

Lincoln 2, Foothill 0

Against the Mustangs, juniors Christian Villanueva and Ryan Leibold provided the goals. Villanueva had an assist, as did Rodriguez.

The team will be off for the holidays and return to action Jan. 8 at Oakmont to begin Foothill Valley League play. The Zebras’ preseason was second only to Ponderosa in toughness and Bonilla said it was the most matches his teams have played prior to league.

“I think we’re almost there,” Bonilla said, in preparation for the FVL. “I’ve moved kids around in different games to see where they would be more successful. And I think I’ve kind of found the chemistry that works better for the team and the positions that work better for the kids.”