Overtime heartbreak for Lady Falcons

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After exiting early in last year?s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs with a disappointing lopsided loss to Rodriguez of Fairfield, the Colfax girls soccer team was ready to atone for its past misstep when the Lady Falcons hosted Rodriguez again Tuesday in a second-round post-season match up. But sometimes, even the best laid plans don?t turn out the way a Hollywood script writer could have written this story for the Pioneer Valley League champions. ?We were ready. We played a great game,? said Colfax coach Lefty Wilks following the Lady Falcons? heartbreaking 4-3 penalty kick loss to the Mustangs. ?In my opinion we were the better team.? On Tuesday, Colfax and Rodriguez battled to a 2-2 standoff after 90 minutes of regulation action and two, 10-minute overtime sessions. But in a tense penalty kick shootout to decide the match, Colfax?s final shot flicked off the crossbar while Rodriguez? Azucena Pelayo nailed the clinching goal in the 4-3 win. Rodriguez now moves on to meet Rio Americano in today?s semi-final round, while Colfax ends a sparkling season with a second-straight PVL championship and a record of 16-2-2. The Rodriguez-Rio winner will meet either Antelope or Benicia in Saturday?s championship match at Cosumnes Oaks High. In Tuesday?s match, Colfax trailed 2-1 with seven minutes to play before Iona Lofrano?s blast from 25 yards out glanced off the inside of the right post with just seven minutes left to give Colfax the tying goal. The Lady Falcons had the better attack for much of the match, but Rodriguez proved to be dangerous with Kaitlin Christ?s long throw-ins and a speedy front line. The Mustangs went on top in the 12th minute when Alexandria Johnson converted a shot through a crowd in the penalty box. Colfax answered in the 29th minute when senior Celeena Wall broke free after a nice pass from Savannah Newman. Wall sped behind the defense and buried a shot in the left corner to tie it. Rodriguez put the pressure on again midway through the second half when Hannah Ducioame pounced on a loose ball in the box and fired it into the net. Lofrano?s beautiful shot 13 minutes later forced overtime, and in turn, the shootout. Colfax was hoping to avenge a disappointing 5-0 loss to Rodriguez in last year?s playoff opener. The Falcons answered the Mustangs? physical play and their defense was tremendous as senior Kate Bianchi fought through an ankle injury. Junior Brittany Thomas and sophomore Sophie Satterlee were excellent alongside Newman. Colfax had 16 shutouts on the season and gave up just eight goals in 20 games. The Falcons were ranked No. 10 in California by MaxPreps and won a second-straight Pioneer Valley League title. ?We had a great season. Collectively it?s just an awesome group of kids,? Wilks said.