The Colusa boys varsity soccer team hosted the Willows Honkers on Thursday and came away with a 2-0 win – their first of the season.
The RedHawks rebounded after a tough loss in Winters on Tuesday and were hungry for the victory, head coach Dan Kiely said. Colusa scored their first goal at the 10 minute mark on a shot from forward Alejandro Rico, assisted by midfielder Rodrigo Rodriguez. Colusa made many more runs into the Honkers defensive third, putting up 11 shots before the half, but the 1-0 score held to the intermission.
The RedHawks came out strong in the second half, maintained possession and made several more runs towards the Willows goal area. The RedHawks second goal was booted in off the foot of senior captain Leo Guzman, at the 50 minute mark, this time assisted by midfielder Edgar Garcia. Colusa continued to control the midfield, and made it tough for the Honkers to get anything going. The 2-0 score held to the final whistle, giving the RedHawks the League win.
Colusa had strong defensive play from fullbacks Victor Hernandez, Jesus Hernandez, Darien Sarabia, and Saul Velez. Also playing well were midfielders Ulises Galvan, Dominic Garcia, Edgar Garcia and Rodrigo Rodriguez. Goalkeepers Omar Huerta and Diego Avila both had good games with Huerta having 4 saves in the first half and Avila had 4 saves in the second half. Colusa now stands at 1-1-1 overall and in league play. The RedHawks traveled to Live Oak on Tuesday and host Pierce on Thursday at 3 PM.
Colusa 5, Willows 0 – The Redhawks earned their first league win of the season, exploding for five goals against the Honkers. Senior Amber Morales scored a hat-trick, and junior Veronica Jauregui and sophomore Destiny Ramirez each found the back of the net once. Ramirez added an assist, and Aiyana Garcia recorded an assist as well.
Colusa (3-2-2, 1-0-1 SVL) traveled to Live Oak on Tuesday, and return to action on Dec. 18 against Oroville (1-3)
Colusa goes 2-1 at Les Schwab Holiday Classic in Marysville – After dropping their opening game to eventual tournament champions Yuba City, Colusa bounced back with back-to-back wins over Natomas and Forest Lake Christian.
Opening tournament play against a much bigger Yuba City squad on Thursday, Colusa hung tough and actually led after the first quarter, but were unable to overcome an 18-point run that helped put the Honkers ahead 35-24 at the half.
Senior Conner Saso led RedHawk scorers with 18 points, and added nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Blake Steidlmayer scored 11 points. Saso’s younger brother, Mason – a sophomore who was recently pulled up to the varsity team – chipped in with 10 points.
Against Natomas on Friday, strong scoring nights from Conner Saso, Steidlmayer, and sophomore Christian Mata pushed the RedHawks past the Nighthawks in a 68-67 nail-biter. Mata turned in a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double, and Saso’s 18 points once again led RedHawk scorers. It was part of a solid all around effort for the senior, who added seven rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Steidlmayer scored 16 points and dished out six assists.
Colusa closed out the tournament against Forest Lake Christian on Saturday, and outscored the Falcons 26-15 in the final quarter to come away with a 54-45 victory. For the third straight game, Saso scored 18 points to lead the RedHawks, followed by Steidlmayer’s 16 and Christian Mata’s 10. Saso also hauled in nine rebounds and nabbed five steals in the win.
Colusa (5-2) hosted Lower Lake (4-2) on Tuesday, and host the Georgia Raczniak Tournament, which begins tomorrow. The RedHawks open the tournament against Corning (4-4) at 7:30 PM.
Pierce 1-2 at Buck Bailey Invitational Tournament in Woodland – Pierce dropped their first two games to larger schools in Woodland – the first an 81-44 thrashing at the hands of and undefeated Albany squad, and the second a 68-56 loss to Placer. Sophomores Justin Mathews (16 points) and Eduardo Paiz (13 points) were the only Bears to score in double-digits in the loss to Albany – the eventual tournament champions.
Against Placer on Friday, Pierce held a narrow 31-29 lead at the intermission, but were outscored 39-25 in the second half. Paiz finished with 15 points, senior Jonathan Corchado added 15, and sophomore Luke Voorhees scored 11. Voorhees added five rebounds and four assists, both team-highs.
Pierce bounced back in a big way against a Northern Section Division IV and fellow Sacramento Valley League squad on the final day of the tournament, trouncing Winters 55-15. Corchado’s 15 points led Pierce, followed by junior Daniel Medina’s 10 and Mathews’ 9.
Pierce 59, Highlands 39 – The Bears were up 40-16 at the half and never looked back when they hosted the Scots on Monday night. Stats were not available at press time. Pierce (5-2) heads to Colusa for the Georgia Raczniak Tournament tomorrow, and open against Yreka (3-5) at 6 PM. ■