Soccer team puts slim playoff hopes on line

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It’s going to be a tall order but the Colfax Falcons soccer team heads into its final match of the Pioneer Valley League season tonight with a chance at earning a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth. Thanks to Tuesday’s 5-2 win at Bear River, the Falcon boys kept their post-season hopes alive, but they are most likely going to have to upset regular season champion Placer on the road to do it. Following Tuesday’s action that saw Lincoln battle Placer to a 0-0 tie and Foothill and Center also tie, 5-5, the Falcons, at 3-2-4 in the PVL, are locked in a three-way tie with both Foothill and Lincoln for the final two league playoff berths. While Colfax squares off at Placer tonight at 7 p.m., Lincoln hosts Center and Foothill plays at cellar-dwelling Bear River. In Tuesday’s win, the Falcons and Bruins were tied1-1 at halftime before the Falcons broke through with four second-half goals to bust the contest open. Cameron Ford sparked the outburst with three goals, while Ryan Sinclair and Seth Allen added one score each. In the assist department, Ben Rooker had a pair, while Jimmy Logan added one. Goalie Chris Lovejoy also collected eight saves. Spikers in tough five-game setback Colfax High’s girls volleyball team had its hopes for a piece of the Pioneer Valley League pennant dimmed on Monday night when the Lady Falcons dropped a tough five-game match to visiting Placer. In a spirited Falcon gym battle that had fans on their feet for the entire fifth game, the visitors eked out a 22-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-27, 16-14 win to bump the Lady Falcons out of a three-way tie for the league lead. The Lady Falcons, at 5-2 in league play, now need to win in their final three matches to help boost the team’s Div. IV power ratings. Colfax was seeded No. 9 in the section’s first power ratings release last week. Colfax had a host of players turn in strong matches in the defeat as middle hitter Maggie Aubuchon was productive on the front line with 13 kills. She was joined by sophomore outside hitter Maddie Ittner (11 kills) and senior Iona Lofrano (9 kills). Also having good matches for Colfax were Haley Biles, Lindsay Biles, Emily Moore, Ashley Scott and Kelsey Whittet shined for Colfax.