Lincoln shakes off holidays for 4-2 league win

Rio Linda visits Monday
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The Lincoln High girls soccer team returned from winter break ready to play. The Fighting Zebras traveled to Oakmont Monday and handed the Vikings a 4-2 setback to begin Foothill Valley League play.

“This was a complete performance and, a few disorganized moments defensively aside, a perfect way to start league play,” said Lincoln head coach Garrett Morgan. “Possession is a huge part of how we try and suffocate our opponents and last night we kept more than our share of the ball, and it showed on the score line.”

The Vikes struck first, but the Zebras’ Andrea Cuevas answered within minutes to tie the score 1-1. Then junior Autumn Bersch swung into action.

“We went ahead near the end of the first half on a beautiful strike from Autumn Bersch (from) the right flank just outside the penalty box that curled into the far corner,” said Morgan.

Oakmont came back to knot the match 2-2, as the first half came to a close.

But the second half was all Lincoln. Given a couple free kicks in the final 40 minutes, Bersch again stepped up to scuttle the Vikings; her second effort should have made the 11 o’clock news.

“The second free kick was not to be believed,” Morgan said, “finding the back of the net from 48 yards.”

Field goals of that distance in football are rarely made.

Assists in the match were provided by Isabel James, Cynthia Chavez and Macie Stuart.

“I can’t say enough about the mentality our players showed after being down a goal early and then again conceding right before half,” said Coach Morgan.” They fought brilliantly and were never rattled.”

Wednesday, Ponderosa visited and left with a 4-0 victory. The Bruins opened FVL play hosting Rio Linda; however, the score of that contest was unavailable.

The Knights are scheduled to visit Monday for a 7 p.m. match. The Zebras then go on the road again to play Nevada Union.