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West Campus clips Colfax

Warriors knock out Falcons for a second straight season
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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SACRAMENTO — A determined West Campus High defense was the last thing the struggling Colfax offense wanted to see on the soccer pitch Tuesday afternoon. The Falcons fell victim to the talented Warriors to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs. West Campus scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to win 3-0 and advance to face section favorite Sierra on Thursday. The Warriors, who have surrendered just five goals all season, kept Colfax at bay all game long as the Falcons were shut out for the third straight game to end the year. “We had some opportunities, but we’ve had some trouble scoring lately,” Colfax coach Steve Robinson said. “The score doesn’t really indicate how close the game was. We went for it at the end. You have to score goals to win in the playoffs and unfortunately we’ve had trouble finding the net lately.” Colfax made things interesting with its own stellar defense. Senior sweeper Courtney Evans kept pace with West’s speedy forwards for most of the contest while junior goalkeeper Amber Cramer came up with nine big saves. Warriors’ junior Melissa Gomez got her head on a corner kick from Scotie Walker and put it in the net to make it 1-0 in the 66th minute. Colfax answered with a spirited rally. The Falcons earned a free kick in the middle of the field from 30 yards out in the 70th minute, but senior Piper Lofrano saw her blast ushered over the crossbar by West goalkeeper Annicia Jones. As Colfax sent players up the field, the Warriors counter-attacked with late goals from Walker and Shayla Maclas to ensure the win. The Warriors eliminated the Falcons with a 1-0 win in Sacramento last season. “We knew they were going to come in swinging and they came out with their hearts and they busted their butts,” West Campus coach Rogelio Rubio said of Colfax. “Aside from those two goals at the end, they gave us a hell of a game.” Colfax fired five shots on goal for the match and had Rubio worried about their long throw-ins. But the Falcons came up short, ending their season at 13-6-4. “We were definitely hoping to make up for last year’s loss,” junior captain Ashley Broussard said. “Overall I think we put up a good fight. We created a lot of good opportunities. The ball just wouldn’t bounce our way.” Colfax senior Josie Ruzette could only watch from the sideline as her team’s season came to a close. Ruzette led the Falcons with 15 goals in 2008, but missed nearly all of this season with a knee injury. She will play at Cal Lutheran next season. “It’s always hard losing a senior, especially Josie, she’s amazing,” Evans said. “I’ve got to hand it to K.C. Capuchino for stepping into that position. She did a great job. All the girls who had to make adjustments and step up were always really positive about it.” Colfax was impressive in reaching the playoffs despite the loss of Ruzette. Seniors Chanel Filteau and Lofrano helped keep the offense on track while junior Capuchino picked up much of the scoring load. Meanwhile Evans anchored the defense with help from fellow senior Katie Cassilagio. “We had a great season, beating Placer twice, tying Davis and we just worked really hard,” Evans said. “I think getting into the playoffs showed we had a lot of dedication. We played our hardest and had fun. For me as a senior, it was good way to go out. “Our defense really worked together, we fight for each other. That goes a long way.”