The Chester Volcanoes girls’ soccer team players hold up their Feather River League championship trophy. This is the second year in a row the Volcanoes won the titl
The Chester Volcanoes girls’ soccer team went head-to-head against the Portola Tigers for the conference title. The match took place on Chester High’s field before a larger-than-normal crowd Oct. 29. Chester finished its 17th and final game of the season with a win over Portola 3-0.
The Volcanoes kept up a tough attitude and game play throughout the season. Chester won 12 of their games, tied three and only lost two this season. In league play, Chester went undefeated with seven wins and one tie.
“I am proud of the girls for their commitment and focus throughout the season,” said Chester’s coach, Eric O’Kelley. “Ninety percent of the team showed up to every practice. As the season progressed, it got mentally tough to stay focused, but this team did very well continuing their commitment.”
Chester’s Miranda Lemons, Shannon O’Kelley and Megan Peterson all scored goals during the final match. Lemons led the team in scoring this season with a total of 16 goals. O’Kelley was right behind Lemons with 13 goals. Peterson’s goal during the championship match was her first of the season.
Portola performed admirably this season as well. In league play, Portola won five of its games and lost three.
“The girls really improved their ball control this season,” said Portola’s coach, Karl Popish. “How they pass and just play together instead of just kicking it really improved. They learned how to play real soccer.”
Portola’s team this year played immensely better in league play than last year’s team. Last year the Tigers won only one of their league games.
“I’m proud of these girls,” said Popish. “They’ve come a long way. We started with 10 players at the beginning of the season but got up to 12. With limited bench, I can’t say more for the way they played.”
O’Kelley had only great things to say about his competition this season. He noted that both Quincy’s and Portola’s teams represented their schools well during play.
“Quincy had a young team, but they really seemed like they had fun and they definitely improved through the season. Portola steadily improved. Our match with them was really good. It was competitive and was clear they came to win. With such a small team they did remarkably well.”
Quincy boys’ team
After pulling off a 2-1 victory against Redding Christian on Oct. 30, the Quincy boys’ soccer team moved up the playoffs to the Feather River League boys’ soccer championship game against Paradise Adventist.
Though Quincy lost 9-0 to Paradise Adventist, its win against Redding Christian qualified the team for Northern Section playoffs.
Niko Rodriquez and Dale Morgan each scored a goal for Quincy against Redding Christian. Che Rubalcava-Cunan, Quincy’s goalkeeper, faced 53 shots within the two matches. Rubalcava-Cunan made dozens of amazing saves and only allowed 10 balls to pass by him.
Quincy faced Redding Christian twice earlier this season. The first time Quincy lost 2-1. The second time Quincy tied 5-5. Quincy went into the match knowing its team improved and would be fairly evenly matched against Redding Christian.
“We had tremendous growth this year,” commented Quincy’s coach, Tanner Johns. “This was the youngest team we’ve had in years. To take this young of a team and fight our way to the championship match shows not only our progress, but how bright of a future Quincy High’s boys soccer team has.”
By qualifying for Northern Section playoffs, Quincy continues its tradition of entering every year. Quincy is the only team in Northern Section to have qualified every year since its inception 10 years ago.
FRC 2, Lassen 0
Feather River College traveled to Susanville on Oct. 30 and took on Lassen College. FRC knocked two balls in and shut Lassen out 2-0.
FRC previously played Lassen this season, but was only able to tie. Since then, the Eagles played Butte twice and Shasta once. The practice was just what FRC needed to take on Lassen again and end the match with a victory.
Doug Williamson scored the first goal of the game with an assist by Jack Wainwright. Richard Greaves scored FRC’s second goal and Seon Ripley assisted.
The FRC men’s soccer team plays Shasta College on Nov. 9 for its final game of the regular season. The game is at the FRC soccer field at 2 p.m.