Another Tie for Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer Falls to CRC, Volleyball Drops One at Diablo Valley

Source: Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2016-10-20

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team earned a 1-1 tie in a non-conference match at College of Sequoias in Visalia on Friday afternoon.   After falling behind by a goal early in the 2nd half, freshman Jared Watson tied the match with an unassisted goal midway through the half.   With an overall record of 6-2-4, the Falcons have two more non-conference matches this week before resuming the second half of the Big 8 schedule next week.  They will play at West Hills (Lemoore) on Tuesday afternoon, then return home to host Fresno City on Friday evening (6:00 pm).

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team hosted a feisty Cosumnes River squad in pouring rain Friday afternoon, but despite controlling possession time and outshooting the Hawks, lost 1-0.   The Hawks’ lone goal came off a free kick from 20 yards out late in the first half; it struck the crossbar, the ground, the goalkeeper, then trickled over the line for the only goal of the match.   With the loss, the Falcons find themselves in fourth place in the Big 8 Conference at 5-3-1 (10-3-1 overall) but still within striking distance of the teams ahead of them.  The Falcons continue the second half of the Big 8 schedule by hosting conference leader Santa Rosa (7-2) on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.

Women’s Volleyball
The women’s volleyball team lost a heartbreaking 5-set match at Diablo Valley Friday night by the scores of 22-25, 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, and 9-15.   With a Big 8 Conference record of 4-4, the Falcons are tied for 5th place and begin the second-half schedule on Wednesday night at Sacramento City.  They’ll return home to host Santa Rosa on Friday night.

Upcoming Sports Schedule
(home matches in bold)

Tues Oct 18      Women’s Soccer vs Santa Rosa at FLC, 3:30 pm

                Men’s Soccer at West Hills (Lemoore), 4:00 pm

Wed Oct 19 Women’s Volleyball at Sac City, 6:30 pm

Fri  Oct 21 Women’s Soccer vs Diablo Valley at FLC, 3:30 pm

                Men’s Soccer vs Fresno City at FLC, 6:00 pm

                Women’s Volleyball vs Santa Rosa at FLC, 6:30 pm

Cordova Football Rallies to Beat Union Mine

By Mike Bush  |  2016-10-20

Cordova wide receiver Calvin Augusta, No. 8, gets a block from teammate Elijah Morgera, No. 5, during the Lancers

In the first half of last Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference road game, the Cordova High School football team produced many points.

But the Lancers trailed 26-25 at halftime on a slick field on Union Mine’s field in El Dorado. That changed in the second half that led to Cordova posting a 53-26 win over the Diamondbacks.

The victory keeps Cordova (2-0 in the SVC, 5-2) in the thick of the conference title race with El Dorado and Liberty Ranch, which faced off also last Friday in Placerville in which El Dorado won 27-24. El Dorado is also 2-0 in the SVC, 6-1 and Liberty Ranch 1-1, 5-2.

Leading the Lancers’ ground game against the D’backs was senior running back Deante McCullough, who had 19 carries for 204 yards and four touchdowns. His yards, alone, doubled the D’backs’ total rushing yards at 83.

“Our running game was working,” said Cordova head coach Darren Nill, whose Lancers had 271 rushing yards. “That’s where the big difference came from, our rushing game in lousy weather. He (McCullough) was knocking off some big chunks (of yards).”

The Lancers’ three other TDs came from running backs Kelechi Njoku, who had two, and Kenneth Haney, who accounted for the other. They combined for 61 rushing yards.

The start of the third quarter showed signs of the game going into the Lancers’ favor. Union Mine received the second half opening kickoff, but went three and out on offense. Then Cordova scored its lone touchdown in the quarter for the lead.

“From then on, the wind kind of left their (Union Mine) sails,” Nill said.

Despite the ball being wet and the field slippery because of rainstorms hitting earlier in the day into the early evening hours, Cordova controlled the game from the offensive standpoint in the final two quarters that resulted in points or long possessions, keeping the ball out of Union Mine’s hands.

In the first half, part of the D’backs’ success was based on the between quarterback Mike Griffiths and Eschleman. The duo accounted for all of their team’s touchdowns.

“That kid (Eschleman) is something special,” said Nill of the D’backs wide out. “He took advantage of us a couple of times.”

Total offensive yards for Cordova was 462 yards; 271 on the ground and 191 in the air. Lancer quarterback Xavier Johnson completed 13-of-19 passes for 191 yards.

On defense, Lancer linebacker Yusef Pugh led the team in tackles with 11. Haney, a middle linebacker, had nine and defensive back Bryan Estrada eight.

The Lancers were without the services of six starters on both sides of the ball. Two because of injury and four who were suspended for what Nill described as “conduct detrimental to the team.” He praised the guys who started in place of all the starters for doing their assigned jobs.

“They guys rallied,” Nill said.

In the frosh/soph game, Cordova also improved to 2-0 in the SVC with a 20-12 win over Union Mine. The Lancers lost all of their non-league games before the start of conference play.

Tonight, Friday, Cordova will play its final regular season home game at Lancers Stadium when El Dorado pays a visit. The Cougars’ high-potent offense averages 36.6 points per game, but defense is responsible for giving up 22.3 points per game.

“They are a lot bigger than us, and we are a lot quicker than them,” said Nill of El Dorado. “I think they are going to do some things to exploit their size. And we’re going to go after their secondary that we think their defensive backs are not as good as our receivers. So we’re going to go after them.”

Cordova, which closes out the regular season with road games at Liberty Ranch and Rosemont, and El Dorado are scheduled to kick-off the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.

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Strong SVC Finish for Cordova Girls Golf

By Mike Bush  |  2016-10-20

Cordova girls golfer Angela Jones, seen here competing during an SVC home match at Mather Golf Course two weeks ago, is one of three local linkers advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament after a strong finish at the conference tourney on Monday. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

On Monday, the Cordova High School girls golf team started the process to compete in the post-season by competing at the Sierra Valley Conference tournament.

Competing at the Teal Bend Golf Course, par 72, the Lady Lancers finished the tourney with a fourth place finish as a team. Cordova head coach Mark Gribskov was proud how his linkers battled on the course that was still wet and muddy from last weekend’s rainstorms.

On top of their finish, three Lancers qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament that will take place this Monday at the Ranch Del Ray Golf Club in Atwater. Leading the way were Angela Jones and Kearry Lopez, each of whom fired a 101. Next was Mackailee Lawrence at 119.

In addition, Jones and Lopez earned all-SVC honors. They led Cordova as its top two scorers throughout most of the season.

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Cordova Blows Out Galt to Win Homecoming Game

By Mike Bush  |  2016-10-13

Defensive Lineman Fidel Romero (#70, above center) provided one of the many sacks by the Cordova defense during the Lancer Homecoming game against Galt last Friday. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

In what was expected to be a close Sierra Valley Conference opener at Lancers Stadium turned out to be a blowout.

From kickoff until the final seconds ticked off the clock on the north end of the field, the Cordova High School football team dominated Galt that led to a 46-0 win on Oct. 7th. The game was also the Lancers’ homecoming game.

On offense, Cordova (1-0 in the SVC, 4-2 overall) racked up a combined 402 yards; 224 on the ground and 178 in the air. Leading the Lancers’ ground attack was running back Deante McCullough, who had nine carries for 109 yards.

“We thought that their defense matched up really favorable to our game plan,” said Cordova head coach Darrin Nill of the Warriors’ defense. “We ran the ball, we passed the ball. We were able to do pretty much whatever we wanted to do.”

The majority of the Lancers’ offensive attack took place in the first half in front of large homecoming crowd. Cordova led 39-0 at halftime.

Cordova quarterback Xavier Johnson completed 13-of-23 passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those scores went into the hands of wide receiver Alvin Banks, who finished the game with four receptions for 54 yards.

The Lancers’ defense held Galt running back Zach Orman, who needed only 118 yards to become the school’s new all-time rushing leader. Cordova held him to only eight carries for 23 yards. He currently sits at 4,152 in his three-year varsity career. The current record is 4,247 yards.

“He’s a really good runner,” said Nill of Orman. “We focused a lot of attention on him. We had two weeks to prepare for him (Cordova had the bye two weeks ago before the start of conference play). Our defense knew where (Orman) was at all times.”

Cordova held Galt to a combined 50 yards; 29 on the ground and 21 in the air. The defense accounted toward one of the touchdowns. Lancer defensive back Tyreke Tate had two interceptions, including one that turned out to be an 82-yard return for one of the Lancers’ scores in the second quarter. His second pick was in the third quarter.

Another Cordova defensive back in Raymond Flite also had an interception in the game. The Lancers’ defense picked off the Warriors three times in the game.

Lancer defensive back Terrill Johnson led in tackles at nine. Cordova defensive end Clifford Bright had three tackles, and had what Nill called a “break out” game in creating havoc on an opponent’s offense.

“I thought he played an outstanding game,” said Nill of Bright. “The entire front seven really played good gap defense.”

Cordova defensive linemen Zariahn Zimmer and Joseph Salcedo had five quarterback sacks each, another plus in keeping the Warriors’ offense from gaining yards. Registering six tackles each for Cordova were linebacker Yusef Pugh, defensive end Kelechi Njoku and Tate. Lancer middle linebacker Kenny Haney had four tackles.

Tonight, Cordova continues SVC action but on the road. The Lancers travel into El Dorado County to play at Union Mine (0-1 in the SVC, 1-5), which lost to defending SVC champion Liberty Ranch, 56-14, in their conference opener in Galt last Friday.

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Lady Linksters Preparing for SVC Tournament

By Mike Bush  |  2016-10-13

Two seniors are leading this year’s Cordova High School girls golf team, which close out the regular season this week.

Angela Jones, who is the Lady Lancers’ overall points’ leader, and Machailee Lawrence, is the squads’ two leaders. Part of the team is Keary Lopez, a freshman who has cracked into the starting five.

Cordova linksters rounding out the roster is Gina Spikes, a senior, plus two sophomores in Claire Kell and Lasai Wagner.

Cordova has a record of 3-5 in Sierra Valley Conference action. Last week in conference action at Mather Golf Course, the Lancers lost to El Dorado. But two days later knocked off rival Rosemont for their third win in conference play. Scores of those matches were not available at press time.

On Wednesday, Cordova played Galt in an SVC match at Emerald Lakes Golf Course in Elk Grove. Yesterday, Thursday, the Lady Lancers wrapped up SVC action against Liberty Ranch, as that match was also played at Mather Golf Course.

Next Monday, the conference tournament will be held at the Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento. The tourney will have an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start time.

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Men’s Soccer Takes Over 1st Place; Women’s Soccer Falls to Sierra; Volleyball Sweeps Cosumnes River

Source: Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2016-10-13

Goalkeeper Jackson LaCasse recorded his 4th shutout. 
--Photo by Rose Shoen

Men’s Soccer

The Falcons took over sole possession of first place in the Big 8 Conference with a 1-0 victory over Modesto JC on Friday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.  After a scoreless first half, Falcon freshman Santiago Peniche scored the only goal of the match in 49th minute of play. Falcon goalkeeper Jackson LaCasse was named “Man of the Match” for his outstanding efforts between the posts a he recorded his third consecutive shutout and fourth of the season. The Falcons improved their Big 8 record to 3-1 and are slightly ahead of Santa Rosa (2-0-1) for first place.  They will take on Clovis tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3:30 pm at Falcon Stadium in a non-conference match.

Women’s Soccer

The Falcons had hoped to make it a perfect week for FLC sports, but were derailed by a plucky Sierra College team that was intent on getting the upset. The Wolverines scored just 9 minutes into the game when a high lob bounced over the head of Falcon goalkeeper Aubrey Hall for the only goal of the match. With a 1-0 lead, the Wolverines packed the defensive end and successfully prevented the Falcons from evening the score.  The loss drops the Falcons to third place in the Big 8 at 4-2-1. They will look to rebound on Tuesday evening when they host Sacramento City (0-7 Big 8, 2-11 overall) at Falcon Stadium at 6:00 pm.

Women’s Volleyball

The Falcons won their second match of the week as they knocked off Cosumnes River in straight sets at Falcon Gym on Friday night, 25-10, 25-20, and 25-14.  Kylie Haverson (15) and Emma Flewell (11) combined for 26 of the Falcons’ 43 kills, while Isabel Mason provided the sets with her 39 assists. The Falcons remain in a tie for third place in the Big 8 at 4-2 and learned today they have earned the number 15 spot in the NorCal coaches’ rankings.  They will travel to Sacramento on Wednesday to take on American River College at 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Sports Schedule
(home matches in bold)

Tues Oct 11
Men’s Soccer vs Clovis at FLC, 3:30 pm

Women’s Soccer vs Sacramento City at FLC, 6:00 pm

Wed Oct 12
Women’s Volleyball at American River, 6:30 pm

Fri Oct 14
Women’s Soccer vs Cosumnes River at FLC, 3:30 pm

Men’s Soccer at College of the Sequoias (Visalia), 4:00 pm

Women’s Volleyball at Diablo Valley (Pleasant Hill) at 6:30 pm

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Lancers Ready for Homecoming, SVC Opener

By Mike Bush  |  2016-10-06

Cordova quarterback Xavier Johnson, shown here running for yards against Vista del Lago last month, and the Lancers celebrate homecoming and open Sierra Valley Conference action against Galt at Lancers Stadium tonight. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Five non-league games are in the books for the Cordova High School football team.

The Lancers opened the season with a 55-20 home win over Rio Americano. Then after leading 34-6 entering the fourth quarter of its second game of the season, Cordova (3-2) held off a late rally to beat Chavez of Stockton, 34-32.

Now with a 2-1 record at that point of the season, the Lancers hosted Rio Linda and Vista del Lago at Lancers Stadium. But those games ended with Rio Linda posting a 31-29 win and Vista at 52-35.

Two weeks ago on the road, Cordova got back on the winning track at Foothill of Sacramento. After punting on their first offensive drive against the Mustangs, the Lancers scored on every possession in the first half. That led to a 56-14 win over Foothill to conclude the pre-season with a winning record.

The Lancers had their bye last week, which Cordova head coach Darren Nill is glad it’s come and gone.

“For some reason, bye weeks are just funky weeks for Cordova,” Nill said. “My kids don’t take bye weeks very seriously. (Plus) we were playing with a lot of injuries (from the Lancers’ contest against Foothill.) But we did heal up.”

On Tuesday night, the Lancers had what Nill described as a “real good practice” and are back to being focused. Tonight, Friday, the focus now shifts toward welcoming CHS alumnus and Lancer fans for the school’s fall homecoming game – and Sierra Valley Conference opener against Galt (3-2), which has won its last three non-league games.

“Homecoming is a big deal for us,” Nill said. “The stands will be packed. The mood is very festive. I think we will be up for the game.”

The Warriors’ defense will take on a Lancer offense that is averaging 221.4 yards in the air and 220.8 on the ground per game. Leading the charge is Cordova quarterback Xavier Johnson, who has completed 72-of-128 passes for 1,107 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wide receiver Calvin Augusta has 22 receptions for 421 yards and six touchdowns, and teammate Alvin Banks is 21-364 for four touchdowns.

On the ground, running back Deante McCullough leads the Lancers’ rush attack with 57 carries for 511 yards and seven touchdowns.

Galt’s offense is led by running back Zach Orman, who has rushed 102 times for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns, and quarterback Gabe Abarca, a senior who started as a junior last year. The Warriors are averaging 259 yards per game on the ground.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Galt-Cordova frosh/soph game is scheduled to kick-off at 5:15 p.m.

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