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Lincoln closes season with tie

Zebras go 2-8-2 in PVL matches
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity girls soccer team closed the season with a 2-2 tie against visiting Mesa Verde on Monday night. The Zebras, in their second season under head coach Jason Treanor, finished 8-13-5 overall and 2-8-2 in the Pioneer Valley League. It was an improvement from last season when Lincoln went 6-16-4 and 2-9-1. “We have already built on last year, we had more success so that’s good,” Treanor said. “And we were able to compete with younger players in the system which is nice.” Lincoln battled lots of injuries but managed to be competitive throughout the PVL season. “(PVL leaders) Whitney and Colfax are still undefeated and we only lost to Colfax (3-0 and 2-0) and we held Whitney to (1-0 and 2-0) in the first half,” Treanor said. “And we are so young. I thought we competed well . . . a lot of those (league losses) could have easily gone the other way.” Both teams scored one goal in each half on Monday night, which was also Senior Night for the Zebras. “It was a good way to end (the season),” said Treanor, whose team lost to Mesa Verde 1-0 in the first round of league play. “We were hoping for a win. We had about 37 shots (on goal) and they had about seven but that’s kind of the way our season went.” Mesa Verde scored first as the Mavericks (3-6-3) put one in the net about 26 minutes into the opening half. The Zebras tied the score about five minutes later when Shonna Fraser, a senior, scored off an assist from junior teammate Mariel Iniguez. Fraser’s shot came from about 25 yards out. Iniguez scored about five minutes into the second half, on a free kick from about 30 yards away, to put Lincoln up 2-1. The Mavericks tied the match up at 2-2 on a breakaway goal with about six minutes remaining in the match. Lincoln lost to visiting Placer 3-1 on April 28 after being tied 1-1 at the half. Shannon Snook scored for the Zebras on an assist from Fraser. Placer’s final goal came with about two minutes left in the match. “We were pushing everybody up to try and tie it,” said Treanor, explaining how Placer (7-3-1) got behind Lincoln’s defense on the late goal. “In the second half we were putting constant pressure on them but they just defended and defended,” Treanor said. Lincoln freshman Melissa Arthurs left the match after spraining her ankle with about five minutes remaining. She sat out the Mesa Verde match. Placer also beat Lincoln 3-1 in the first round of league play.