Lincoln returns to form with Colfax win
PIONEER VALLEY LEAGUE
Boys Soccer Standings
Colfax (2-1-0, 10-4-0) loss to Lincoln 4-1
Lincoln (1-0-2, 9-0-3) win over Colfax 4-1
Placer (1-0-1, 5-4-2) tie with Lincoln 2-2
Center (1-1-0, 3-6-2) win over Foothill 1-0
Foothill (0-0-1, 1-5-3) loss to Center 1-0
Bear River (0-2-0, 2-4-0) loss to Colfax 4-1
LINCOLN HOME GAMES
Jan. 29 (Mon.) Center 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 (Wed.) Foothill 4:30 p.m.
After beginning play in the Pioneer Valley League with ties at Foothill and at Placer, the Fighting Zebras handed Colfax a 4-1 loss Monday at home to improve to 9-0-3 on the season and 1-0-2 in league.
Lincoln head coach George Bonilla said he was not concerned with his team’s performance tying their first two PVL matches. He said the long layoff during Christmas break did leave the Zebras a bit sluggish after returning to competition.
He said the club had a 2-0 lead on the Hillmen with five minutes remaining, but the team now knows what mistakes they made to let Placer back into the game.
Lincoln 4, Colfax 1
Perhaps frustrated after letting Foothill and Placer back into their respective matches, the Zebras took it out on the Falcons.
Manuel “Manny” Martinez, Fernando Zepeda, Julian Zinzun and Gustavo Martinez all found the back of the net. Lincoln scored twice in each half; Colfax scored in the final 40 minute period.
“I think they put a lot of pressure on themselves after Foothill tied us in the last minute,” Bonilla said. “(We) didn’t want that to happen against Placer and we made a few mistakes toward the end that cost us the game.”
Against Colfax, Bonilla told the team to play like the game is always tied at 0-0, no matter what the scoreboard indicates, and that’s what the Zebras did.
Lincoln 2, Placer 2
Carlos Reyes and Manny Martinez helped put the Zebras up by two, but late penalty kicks allowed the Hillmen to hold on for a tie.
“We were playing well. We had a couple of mistakes that cost us the tie,” said Bonilla. “But we learned from that and I think that we came out (against Colfax) trying to prove that.”
Lincoln played at Bear River Wednesday and returns Monday to host Center at 6:15 p.m.