Dan Kiely for the Pioneer Review
The Colusa boys varsity soccer team traveled to Durham on Thursday to take on the Trojans in their last regular season game and came away with a 5-1 win. With the victory, Colusa boys locked up first place in the Sacramento Valley League, are SVL League champs, and have home field advantage throughout the upcoming playoffs. The Redding Christian Lions were their opponent for Thursday’s first round of playoffs. The RedHawks had scoring from forward Victor Hernandez with two goals and an assist, midfielder Dominic Garcia with one goal and two assists, fullback Jesus Hernandez with one goal, and midfielder Edgar Garcia with one goal and one assist. Also having an assist was midfielder Rodrigo Rodriguez. Goalkeeper Andres Lopez had a good game posting four saves.
On Feb. 10, the Colusa boys hosted Esparto in a SVL matchup and came away with a hard earned 3-1 victory. Colusa found themselves down 1-0 on a shot taken by Esparto that got past Colusa’s keeper. The RedHawks would tie the game on a shot from forward Lucas Garin, assisted by midfielder Ulises Galvan. The 1-1 score held to the intermission. Colusa came out in the second half with more offensive pressure on Esparto, and would score the go ahead goal on a great follow up shot from forward Rico, unassisted.
Colusa would get their third goal, and some breathing room, on another nice shot from Garin, this time assisted by fullback Jesus Hernandez. The 3-1 score would hold to the final whistle giving the RedHawks the SVL win.
Colusa had strong defensive play from fullbacks Jesus Hernandez, Darien Sarabia, Nicolas Lopez, and LuisLozano. Also playing strong were midfielders Edgar Garcia, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Galvan and Dominic Garcia. Colusa Goalkeeper Diego Avila had a great game with six saves.
Colusa now stands at 17-1-2 in SVL play and are 19-1-2 overall. ■