Area soccer teams ready to kick off seasons

By: Mike Ray
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Like the football teams at their respective schools, area boys and girls prep soccer teams had their early-season workouts tempered last week by the unhealthy air quality that lingered over the foothills area and caused either the postponement or cancellation of several athletic contests.

Colfax and Placer’s girls soccer teams, air quality permitting, were set to kickoff the local season Tuesday when the Placer girls hosted the Lady Falcons under the lights at Le Febvre Stadium.

Placer, coached by Ed Fardos, has several top players back from last season’s team, which won the Pioneer Valley League title and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. This season, Placer is expected to battle with Lincoln, Ponderosa and Oakmont for Foothill Valley League honors.

Back for the Hillmen, who were 13-5-2 a year ago, are the team’s top three scorers, including Charity Myers, Jill Worthington and Alexa Sanchez.

Colfax, coached by Kara Diederichs, graduated several top players from its team which went 11-9-1 overall. However, Diederichs has a solid returning core led by Alex Melendez, Sydney Bain, Sophia Walluch and Lea Reese.

Next week, Placer’s girls play at El Camino Monday, Nov. 26, before hosting Shasta of Redding Nov. 30. Colfax, meanwhile, plays at Dixon on Monday.

Del Oro’s girls, coached by Kevin Unsworth, went 5-6-3 last season. The Lady Eagles, who open the season next Tuesday, Nov. 27, hosting Antelope, return their leading scorer in Kylie Garcia, who connected for 11 goals a year ago.

On the boys side, coach Dave Brown at Placer, 7-8-4 a year ago, has high hopes for his team with the return of his top three scorers in Jesus Carrasco, Jared Bautista and Tommy Griffiths. Brown’s Hillmen open the season on Thursday, Nov. 29, with a 6 p.m. game in Placerville against El Dorado.

Meanwhile, Colfax’s boys, 14-8-0 a year ago and a playoff squad, has three veteran players back in the form of Kai Reimers, Chance Netemeyer and Billy Groth. The Falcons will be coached again by Chris Alcala.