Boys Soccer

Williams 2, Colusa 1 – The Colusa RedHawks boys’ soccer team struck first in last Tuesday’s game against their county rivals in Williams, but they didn’t hold onto the lead for long as the Yellowjackets surged back to capture a 2-1 victory.

Omar Paniagua attempts to dribble by a Colusa defender in last Tuesday’s non-league game in Williams.

Assisted by midfielder Dominic Garcia, forward Victor Hernandez found the back of the net for the RedHawks in the 36th minute to give his team its only lead of the game. Just two minutes later, the Yellowjackets were awarded a free kick from just outside of the penalty box, and Erik Ruiz made good on the opportunity, getting the free kick by the RedHawks’ keeper to knot the score at 1-1, where it remained until halftime.

Five minutes into the second half, Williams midfielder Mauricio Morales scored the go-ahead and final goal of the match on an assist from Omar Paniagua, putting the Yellowjackets up 2-1.

Colusa fell to 0-1-1 in non-league play. Williams moved to 1-1-0.

Colusa 3, Sutter 1 – The RedHawks played host to the Huskies on Thursday and came out firing on all cylinders, unleashing a barrage of 22 shots in the 3-1 victory. Despite Colusa controlling the midfield from the start, Sutter was able to score early, netting a goal in the 9th minute when a miscommunication on defense gave a Sutter forward an easy path to shoot on the RedHawks goal. The RedHawks bounced back and tightened things up on defense, and tied the match at the 20th minute on a shot from halfback Victor Hernandez, assisted by halfback Dominic Garcia. The RedHawks booted in the go ahead goal at the 23rd minute on a shot from Midfielder Christian Velez, assisted on a corner kick from Manuel Lomeli. The 2-1 score held to the half. Colusa opened up the second half with continued pressure and would score their 3rd goal on a shot by halfback Edgar Garcia, assisted by forward Leo Guzman.

The 3-1 score held to the final whistle, giving Colusa the victory. The RedHawks had strong play from Fullbacks Adan Duran, Fabian Navarro, Jesus Hernandez and Darien Sabaria, coach Dan Kiely said. Playing strong in the midfield was Mario Galvan. Goalkeepers Andy Lopez and Jose Arenas both played well, with Lopez having 2 saves in the first half and Arenas with 2 saves in the second half. With the win, Colusa moved to 1-1-1 in non-league play.

Girls Soccer

Amber Morales pushes the ball upfield in last Tuesday’s non-league game between the RedHawks and Yellowjackets in Williams.

Williams 2, Colusa 1 – Liz Hernandez netted a pair of goals for the Yellowjackets as they prevailed 2-1 over the visiting RedHawks, moving their record to 1-1 in non-league games. Williams got off a total of 27 shots in the match-up between the Colusa County rivals. Kayla Perez kept the RedHawks off the board with a total of nine saves.

Girls Basketball

Colusa takes sixth at Durham Tournament

After the Colusa RedHawks girls basketball team opened the Durham Trojan Classic with a blowout loss to Bear River on Thursday, they bounced back with a big win against Princeton on Friday before losing to Tulelake in the fifth-place game on Saturday.

On Thursday, Bear River had four players finish in double digits in scoring in their 66-25 drubbing of Colusa. Edith Moreno, who finished with nine points, was a bright spot for the RedHawks as she reached the charity stripe ten times, making seven.

In Friday’s game against Princeton, it was the RedHawks’ turn to dole out the punishment, blowing out the Eagles 40-16. Abby Huskey led all scorers with 16 points. Chaena Laux was the second-leading scorer in the game with 7 points.

Against Tulelake, Colusa held a two-point lead at the half but were outscored 15-4 in the third quarter and couldn’t bounce back as the Honkers prevailed 53-43. Chaena Laux had a team-high nine points for Colusa (3-5), seven of which came in the fourth quarter with her team playing from behind.

Sidney Lay added eight points, Sophie Stocks had seven, and Moreno scored six in the loss for Colusa. Huskey was named to the all-tournament team for the RedHawks. n

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net