Lincoln holds off Dixon in playoffs to advance
The Lincoln High boys soccer team got an early score in Thursday’s first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs and then held off Dixon for a 1-0 victory. The game was played at Lincoln’s Edward Alexander Grey Sports Complex.
The Fighting Zebras’ Christian Guzman found the back of the net on a 30-yard shot at the 3:05 mark of the first period. The No. 4 seed Lincoln club appeared on their way to an easy victory over the No. 5 Rams until the second half.
Dixon rallied to take a total of seven shots on goal compared to four by the home club. However, goalkeeper Josh Van Pohl stood his ground but one Rams’ attack nearly produced a score.
“That one that I hit it off my knee and it went back to him and he flew it over (the goal),” Van Pohl said describing one moment Dixon nearly scored. “They were pressing us hard. We were lucky they didn’t get one of those easy shots.”
Van Pohl had seven saves in the contest. The Zebras received three yellow cards and the Rams two.
Zebras’ head coach Vasa Lokteff said the visitors had some opportunities but weren’t able to finish. However, the coach feels his team is working its way back from a late-season letdown.
The Zebras’ couldn’t quite finish their run for the Pioneer Valley League championship after falling to Placer 4-1 in their final regular-season game in Auburn.
“Placer kind of peaked at the right time, they won five in a row at the end of the season,” Lokteff said. “They have a really deep team whereas we have just a few subs.”
Lokteff said the Zebras’ suffered from the season’s long grind. The team had some eligibility problems and a couple injuries. However, the coach said the club was only down one player for the playoffs.
Lincoln must now travel to Folsom to face No. 1 seed Vista del Lago Wednesday. The Eagles defeated No. 8 seed Ceres 2-0 Thursday.
CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs
Division IV Boys Soccer
No. 5 Dixon at No. 4 Lincoln
3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1