Zebras still in the running for playoffs

Lincoln struggles on grass
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High girls soccer team lost a close 2-1 match in Colfax Wednesday, putting them into a tie with the Falcons for third place in the Pioneer Valley League Standings.

The PVL is given three automatic bids into the playoffs.

After building a 4-2 league record, the Fighting Zebras fell to both Placer and Colfax. Now Lincoln is in a battle to make the playoffs depending on the outcome of the final two matches.

“My only main concern, what’s tough, is that we’re playing on grass fields our next two games and we’re a turf team; that’s a big issue,” said Lincoln head coach David Zinzun prior to the Colfax match. “We faced that at Placer and we didn’t do well on grass fields.”

The Zebras travel to Bear River (1-7-0) Monday for a game on grass. Lincoln defeated the Bruins 2-0 Jan. 24 at home and Bear River went 1-3-0 since that loss. The Zebras final match is against No. 1 Center (7-0-0) at home Wednesday.

“This year has been very tough. I think we’ve competed with everybody and, at times, with the losses that we’ve had,” said Zinzun. “I think the only reason we didn’t win was because we could not put the ball in the back of the net, but we controlled the game. We were attacking them, pretty much, the whole game; just couldn’t find the back of the net.”

Although the Cougars are undefeated, they escaped Lincoln 1-0 in their first meeting on Center’s carpet.

Colfax has to play at No. 2 Placer Wednesday, a team they lost to 4-1 Jan. 29.

Placer 2, Lincoln 0

The Hillmen defeated the Zebras for the second time this season to help keep them in second place, a game behind Center.

That loss for Lincoln, coupled with Wednesday’s defeat at Colfax, has the Zebras facing an uphill climb.

“If we play the way I know we can play, I think we should pull off the victories,” Coach Zinzun said. “I’m excited and hope we make the playoffs and be successful in the playoffs.”

The student body “Zoo” might want to consider splitting forces to help support the girls soccer team as well as the boys basketball team taking place in Dale Pence Gym at the same time Wednesday.