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A final score of 1-0 meant a very evenly matched soccer game for the Colusa RedHawks and the Esparto Spartans on Saturday, but the RedHawks reign supreme in Division 3.
Colusa’s record is 17-1-2 in SVL league play and now 22-1-2 overall. With each game in the playoffs a victory, the boys move forward to the State Tournament level.
“Every player is very skilled,” said Redhawk coach Dan Kiely. “When it comes down to it, they have to share it; they also have to spread it across the field. I’ve been very lucky that these guys have been doing that the last few years.”
The game was an intense back-and-forth across the field as both teams were adept at gaining possession of the ball, as passes were intercepted. RedHawks foward, senior Victor Hernandez, made the point that mattered.
“It wasn’t an easy goal,” said Kiley. “There were many Esparto defenders in the area and the shot would bounce back several times before he found the back of the net.”
So close but so far, the RedHawks’ many attempts at the net were thwarted by Esparto’s goalie. Redhawk midfielder, junior Rodrigo Rodriquez, had five shots while juniors Edgar Garcia and Ulises Galvan made four. Fullbacks Jesus Hernandez, Andy Lopez, Darian Sarabia, and Nico Lopez all contributed to the RedHawks’ offense and defense that kept Esparto at bay.
Goalie for the RedHawks, senior Diego “Bombas” Avila’s six saves kept the Spartans’ score to zero, which earned Avila a place on the shoulders of his teammates after the win.
“They understand what teamwork and being unselfish is all about,” said Kiely. “That’s the key right there. The bottom line is the teamwork – and being unselfish and wanting everybody else to succeed on the team.”
On Tuesday, March 3, Colusa received their seeding place in the CIF State Tournament in Redding against the Anderson Cubs. Results not available at time of press. ■