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Placer soccer keeps title hopes alive, beats Colfax 4-2

By: Special to the Journal
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The Placer Hillmen and Colfax Falcon soccer teams are both headed to the upcoming CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs but Thursday night at LeFebvre Stadium there were still bragging rights of the foothills on the line. In a match that was very competitive from start to finish, the Hillmen gained the upper hand on their up county rivals by handing the visiting Falcons a 4-2 defeat. Earlier this season, the two squads battled to a 0-0 tie under the lights in Colfax. Led by goals from Shawn Green, Noah Francis,Chase Wilson and Gama Gomez,the Hillmen led 2-1 at halftime and never looked back with a strong second half. “We played well,” said Placer coach Dave Brown. “The kids are excited that we have a shot at league if we can win our next two matches.” Brown singled out fine defensive efforts from Wilson and Adam Norccott as being vital keys to the win. Meanwhile, Colfax coach Jim Logan complimented the Hillmen for their win. “It was a good match,” said Colfax coach Jim Logan. “Placer has a very good team and like good teams do, they capitalized on a couple of our mistakes and made us pay.” The Hillmen improved to 6-1-1 in PVL action and with two matches left the win kept the Green and Gold within striking distance of league-leading Lincoln (7-0-1). The Hillmen, who play at Bear River on Monday, will host the Zebras next Thursday with a possible shot at a piece of the PVL title on the line. Placer also secured one of the PVL’s three playoff berths with the win. The Hillmen will have to wait to see if they land in either the Div. III or Div. IV playoffs. Colfax, which was coming off a 1-1 tie with Lincoln, slipped to 4-2-2 in PVL matches but still secured the PVL’s third playoff spot by virtue of its two wins over fourth-place Foothill. Jacob Ritchey, on a nice assist from Taylor Dorsey, scored one of Colfax’s goals. The other came on a header in the second half by Cameron Ford. Placer JV 4 Colfax 1 – Placer handed Colfax’s JVs their first PVL defeat of the season, 4-1. Scott Irons scored for the Falcons, who are now 6-1-1 in PVL matches.