The Feather River College men’s soccer team made FRC history this year by ending the regular season ranked No. 12 in the nation. Last Saturday, Nov. 19, they traveled to Modesto to play Modesto Jr. College who was ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 10 in the nation. FRC would play without three starters due to a one-match suspension of the players who were given a second caution in the match vs. Lassen College the previous Friday.
“Playing without three starters was always going to make life difficult on us when facing a very tough opponent such as Modesto,” said second year FRC coach Don Williams.
Modesto jumped out to a 1-0 lead when they were awarded a questionable penalty kick 20 minutes into the match. “That was a very soft PK… that changed the match,” said Modesto J.C. coach Joe Michelena. Modesto had only given up 12 goals all year long so going down 1-0 so early in the match made it so FRC had to change tactics and try to get the goal back. As so often happens in soccer when a team chases a goal they end up giving up more because they are pushing players forward and their defensive shape changes. This is exactly what happened to the Golden Eagles men on Saturday.
The halftime score was 2-0 and the Golden Eagles would continue to fight to try to score the goals they desperately needed but it was not to be on the day. Modesto broke through two more times to make the final score 4-0.
“I cannot express how proud I am of our men’s and women’s teams this year. Our women won the Golden Valley Athletic Conference championship, our men finished No. 12 in the nation, something an FRC team has never done before, and we only had four sophomores between the two teams. Next year should be spectacular for both our men and women,” said Coach Williams.
The four FRC sophomores — GK Tony Wakeford, defender Vijay Godhania, forward Makenzie Lukas, and defender Dinesh Pasad — were all selected to attend the sophomore showcase in Sacramento at Consumnes River College Dec. 3 and will get to play in front of over 30 four-year college coaches from around the nation. Last year, Juan Garcia was signed by McPherson College in Kansas and Selena LeBlue was signed by Holy Names College, as a result of their sophomore showcase performances.
Prasad has already been approached by Cal State Stanislaus about playing soccer there next season and Lukas has been drawn interest from San Francisco State.