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Soccer: Lassen Girls Beat Oroville

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by Niki Cunningham
Sports Editor

ereporter: Bob Nielsen
High School girls’ soccer is back in town, as the Oroville Tigers (4-4) braved the weather to play the Lassen Grizzlies (2-5-1).  The two teams met earlier this year in Oroville, where the Tigers won from a converted corner kick.  This time, however, Lassen jumped on top right away.  Right forward Francis Lopez took a loose ball from the midfield and sent it into the penalty box.  Center forward Jenna Monahan won the ball, touched it into space, and put a hard shot past the Oroville keeper to give Lassen the lead in the opening minutes of the game. 
Lassen moved the ball around the field by well controlled touches around the defenders.  Center midfielder Claira Schwab and stopper Brianna Ashmore made some excellent passes to keep the ball in Lassen’s possession.  Oroville just couldn’t quite seem to get much going when they did get the ball, leaving Lassen with a real attacking advantage.  One attack went wide of the goal, but right forward Isabell Tyler chased it down before it crossed the end line.  She put it back towards the top of the defense.  Monahan went to it with her back to the goal, and in one quick motion turned and shot the ball past a couple of defenders and the keeper, making the score 2-0.   
With the game under control, Lassen brought in many younger players to get them ready for the season.  The younger team worked hard to keep up with the high standard of play set by the starters, and when halftime was called, Lassen had a half of shut-out soccer.  During the half, Oroville made some adjustments, and began to put more pressure on the Lassen defense.  Led by central defenders Brenna Mendonca, Lassen pushed the ball outside and up field. One of the clearances did not quite make it out, and an Oroville player sent a long, floating cross towards goal.  The ball was deceptively long and was misjudged by both teams.  Instead of going to a teammate, it dropped between top of the keeper’s outstretched hands and the bottom of the crossbar, making the score 2-1.
Smelling a tie, Oroville stepped up the pressure, and the Lassen defense looked like they might just concede another goal.  However, under the leadership of Mendonca and Ashmore, the defense tightened up, and the midfield began making better use of each possession.  The Grizzlies showed of their good conditioning, and began to outrun the Tiger’s defense.  This produced many close calls on goal, but the whistle ended the fun with Lassen up 2-1, and the Grizzlies celebrated their first home victory of the season. 
Head Coach Jim Ayers congratulated them on their team effort, noting their vast improvement from last season, as well as their first game of the season (also against Oroville).  In this game, every healthy player got some playing time.  With one last pre-season game scheduled on Jan 6th in Oroville, the Lady Grizzlies are getting close to the form they will need to be competitive in league this year. 


Soccer: Lassen Girls Travel to Winter Classic in Redding

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by Niki Cunningham
Sports Editor

ereporter: Bob Nielsen
The LHS Girls soccer team was in action again over the weekend in the Winter Classic at the Redding Soccer Park.  In their first of three games, the Grizzlies squared off against the Enterprise Hornets, a Division I school.  Lassen took control of the first half, With Jenna Monahan scoring from a cross by Captain Jessica Rorie, and a short pass by her sister Chloe Monahan. The Grizzlies played aggressively and controlled the pace of the game, and went into halftime up 1-0.  After the half, however, the Hornets answered with a blistering past the outstretched hands of goalie Jordan McCloughan.  They followed this with a second goal and held on in a physical contest to win the game, 2-1.  McCloughan played an excellent game, with 13 saves to her credit. 
In their second game, they came up against another Division I team, the Chico Panthers.  The Panthers took immediate control of the game, and never gave it up.  Their crisp, accurate passing and deceptive movement off the ball proved to be too much for the Grizzlies to handle.  The defense did well to limit the damage, and McCloughan impressed both teams through her many saves and mental toughness, but by halftime the score was 4-0.  After the half, with most of Lassen’s Starting offense out with injuries, the scoring continued.  When the whistle brought the end to the rain-soaked contest, the 10-0 score was indicative of the Panthers domination.
The Grizzlies returned to the Redding Soccer Park Saturday morning to face off against a former conference foe, University Prep.  Coming off a stinging loss, the Grizzlies came out aggressively, stunning U Prep with the control and ball movement at midfield.  The forwards had several good opportunities at goal, which ended up in the hands of the U Prep keeper.  In the last 10 minutes of the half, however, U Prep was awarded a free kick some 30 yards from the goal. The shot went over the wall into the upper corner at the near post, just over the leaping McCloughan.   Once again, Lassen went into halftime with just a 1 point difference in the score.  In the second half, Lassen began to show some fatigue of playing 3 games in less than 24 hours. A well placed corner kick was headed in from close range, followed by three more high shots beyond the reach of the Lassen Keeper.  McCloughan was excellent on the ground, challenging any loose or through ball aggressively, forcing the U Prep shooters to aim high.  The Lassen front line had some excellent opportunities, but just could not capitalize, and the final score was 5-0
 
Although the Grizzlies did not win a game in the tournament, the Coach Ayers was pleased with the performance of the team, and the experience gained in through this pre-season action.  Lassen will be in action again on Tuesday, Dec. 16th at Riverside Park, as they host the Oroville Tigers.  They will be looking for to even the score, as they went down 1-0 against the Tigers in Oroville.  The Boys play first at 3:15, and the Girls have the evening game, starting at 5:15.  This will be their final game until after the Christmas Break. 

Basketball: Lassen College 2nd Annual Rotary Classic

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by Niki Cunningham
Sports Editor

The Susanville Rotary Club of Susanville and the Lassen College Men’s Basketball team hosted the 2nd annual LCC Rotary Classic Tournament December 12-14, 2014. Teams from Lassen College, Feather River, Clackamas, Marin, Simpson and William Jessup participated.

Lassen played Marin on Friday night and lost 69-71.
Lassen played Clackamas on Saturday and won 95-70
Lassen played William Jessup on Sunday and won 96-72.
That brings their record to 13-3 on the year.

The Cougars travel to Modesto JC Tourney on Wednesday.

Special thanks to all of the Rotarians who volunteered their time to work the tournament.

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