Thursday, November 30, 2023

Soccer roundup: Teams return to action

Wet weather and soggy fields precluded local soccer teams from playing the week of January 9-13, but the squads returned to action in earnest last week trying to make up for the matches that were missed.

Pierce’s Edgar Lopez and Colusa’s Marco Marquez track down a ball in the midfield. The two rivals played to a 1-1 draw in a match on Jan. 18.


  • Colusa 1 – Pierce 1 (1/18)
  • Colusa 2 – Willows 2 (1/19)

On a cold, drizzly night in Colusa, the RedHawks’ Charlie Santana found the back of the net on a penalty kick in the first half only to see the Bears rally for the equalizer in the second half.

In Willows the following day, Santana and Victor Lopez each scored in the first half, but in the second half, Colusa yielded two scores although still salvaged the draw.
This week the RedHawks (3-5-4, 0-1-2) hosted Los Molinos on Tuesday and Live Oak on Wednesday before traveling to Arbuckle today.

  • Pierce 2 – Los Molinos 0 (1/17)
  • Pierce 1 – Colusa 1 (1/18)
  • Pierce 0 – Live Oak 4 (1/19)
  • Pierce 1 – Winters 3 (1/20)

Last week was a busy one for the Bears who played four matches in five days.

Pierce got off to a good start with a win over Los Molinos, then rallied in the second half against Colusa after Edgar Lopez found the back of the net off an assist from Manuel Corona to force the tie.

Yet, the Bears didn’t have much left in the tank for its final two contests as they fell to powerhouses Live Oak and Winters, respectively.

No other statistics were provided by Pierce (3-10-2, 1-2-1), whose only scheduled match this week is today at home against Colusa.

Williams 0 – Hamilton City 0 (1/18)
Williams 4 – Durham 1 (1/20)

After playing visiting Hamilton City to a draw, the ‘Jackets took care of business in Durham to stay atop the standings in the Mid-Valley League.

Statistics were not reported by Williams (5-0-4, 2-0-1), who welcomes Orland to McCarl Field today for a non-conference match and follows up Friday at home against Paradise.

Pierce’s Yasmin Smurlo battles Colusa’s Sofia Benitez for control of the ball in a match between the two squads on Jan. 18.


  • Pierce 3 – Los Molinos 0 (1/17)
  • Pierce 3 – Colusa 3 (1/18)
  • Pierce 0 – Live Oak 15 (1/19)
  • Pierce 0 – Winters (1/20)

The Bears picked up their first Sacramento Valley win last Tuesday after shutting out Los Molinos, and then got a late goal to tie Colusa the following day.

Vanessa Sillas put Pierce on the board in the first half against the RedHawks and Nita Rodriguez gave the Bears a brief 2-1 lead in the second half, but Colusa countered two goals of its own to take the lead.

But some late heroics were still required, and Sillas delivered with her second goal of the match, as she redirected a ball that had bounced off the RedHawk goalkeeper for the equalizer.

Pierce (2-7-1, 1-2-1), the third place team in the SVL, traveled to Willows on Jan. 24, and hosts Colusa today.

  • Colusa 0 – Winters 8 (1/17)
  • Colusa 3 – Pierce 3 (1/18)
  • Colusa 2 – Willows 2 (1/19)

After being shut out by Winters to start last week, Colusa responded by playing both Pierce and Willows to draws.

At home against the Bears, Sofia Benitez had a first half goal, while Julietta Alcala and Josslyn Garcia each found the back of the net in the second half.

In Willows, Allie Reading recorded the brace for Colusa (0-10-2, 0-1-2), who is still looking for its first win of the season.

The RedHawks had home matches against Los Molinos on Tuesday and Live Oak on Wednesday before heading to Arbuckle today for a rematch with the Bears. ■

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