PVL Soccer Roundup

Wild weather plays havoc with PVL soccer matches

Placer Hosts Lincoln With Shot at PVL Crown Thursday
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Monday’s blast of unsettled weather that hit the foothills area also had a big impact on the Pioneer Valley League soccer matches that were played that afternoon. At Lake of the Pines, the PVL match between Placer and Bear River was halted at halftime with the Hillmen leading 2-1 after the two teams were pelted with rain, wind and hail. “We had it all,” said Placer coach Dave Brown. “There was also lightning in the area and as we were packing up our gear you could see a funnel cloud in the distance. It was pretty wild.” The weather – which included tornado warnings for the area – forced the cancellation of the Placer-Bear River JV match. Placer’s varsity, receiving goals from Nikolai Figueroa and Gama Gomez, picked up the victory over the Bruins to improve its PVL record to 7-1-1 going into a key match Thursday against PVL leading Lincoln (7-0-2). Lincoln, meanwhile, missed out on a chance to sew up at least a piece of the PVL title on Monday when Foothill held the Zebras to a 0-0 tie. Placer, with 22 points, needs to defeat Lincoln (23 points) to win the outright title. A tie or win by Lincoln gives the Zebras the crown. “It’s senior night for us,” said Brown about the match that will be played at LeFebvre Stadium under the lights and begin at 7:30 p.m. “We’re doing a presentation to honor our seniors before the match gets going.” Colfax 4 Center 2 – At Colfax, the Falcons also battled blustery and cold playing conditions but were able to get in their complete match. Using a three-goal second half, the Falcons were able to pull away from a 1-1 halftime score and get the win. Now 5-2-2 in PVL matches, the Falcons received a pair of goals from Ben Rooker and one each by Jake Logan and Jacob Ritchey to hold off the visiting Cougars. “We had rain and win but that was about it,” said Colfax coach Jim Logan. “The JVs got going but they called the match because of lightning about 10 minutes in.” Colfax’s JVs, receiving a pair of goals by Scott Irons, were credited with the victory. The Falcons, who lead the PVL JV race, are now 7-1-1 in league matches. Colfax closes its regular season Wednesday by hosting Bear River. Playoffs Begin Nov. 1 - While final brackets have to be formalized, it appears that both Colfax and Placer will vie in the eight-team CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoffs. “We’re still in the process of finalizing some league finishes but both Placer and Colfax look headed for Div. IV in soccer,” said Will DeBoard of the section office. The Div. IV playoffs will begin at home sites on Nov. 1 with semi-finals being played Nov. 7 and the finals Nov. 10.