FRC men, women lose in soccer playoffs
The clock got the better of both the Feather River College men’s and women’s soccer teams Nov. 23 as both teams lost on the road with half a minute remaining. The men’s team lost 1-0 to Foothill College. The women’s team lost due to penalty kicks to Folsom Lake after the game went past double overtime. The losses eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs in the first round.
The ball stayed around the middle of the field during the men’s game at Foothill. Both teams’ defense were on top of their games, making the match a hard-fought battle. Foothill out-shot Feather River 11 shots to eight with six shots on target.
FRC’s goalkeeper, Adam Williams, made five saves throughout the match, but let one ball slip past him with only 30 seconds left in the game. The men’s team ended its season with an 11-7-3 overall record.
“I thought the men’s team was very prepared, but a goalkeeper error at the end killed us,” explained the Eagles’ coach Don Williams. “It was a bit of a heartbreak.”
The women’s team suffered a similar loss, though it dragged out into double overtime. Folsom Lake struck first blood at the end of the half to lead 1-0. Right toward the start of the second half, however, FRC fired back when Jaimie McDonald struck one in off an assist by Sumaila Sherifatu.
Since this was a playoff match, the game carried on into overtime. FRC’s goalkeeper, Stacey Cavill, deflected every attempt by Folsom Lake’s players. Every shot made by the Eagles, though, was either off the mark or saved by Folsom Lake’s goalie. Due to no score, the game carried on into double overtime.
The Eagles got a break in the first minute of double overtime when Grace Holland headed the ball into Folsom Lake’s goal off a corner kick. FRC’s opposition struck back with only two minutes left in the period with a shot that sailed over Cavill.
The game was then decided by penalty shots: the best out of five. Folsom Lake managed to get four shots past Cavill, while FRC’s Shannell McDonnell and Kathy Cook made two goals for the Eagles.
“The women’s team, just like the men’s, is a very young team,” continued Williams. “A few of our freshmen are some of the best shooters in the state, though. The players are already talking about what we’re going to do next year.”
The loss ended the season for FRC along with a shot at the state championship. The Lady Eagles ended their season with a 16-4-2 overall record.