Fal­cons host play-in game vs. Reed­ley

Win­ner of Solano-Reed­ley play­off tilt heads to Delta

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Matt Sieger

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The 16th-seeded Solano Com­mu­nity Col­lege women’s soc­cer team will host No. 17 Reed­ley on Thurs­day at 2 p.m. in the CCCAA North­ern Re­gional PlayIn Round.

Solano fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son 13-5-3 and 12-1-1 in Bay Val­ley Con­fer­ence play, while Reed­ley posted an 8-8-3 over­all mark, 2-6-2 in the Cen­tral Val­ley Con­fer­ence. The Fal­cons have won five in a row head­ing into the play­offs.

Eighteen teams are se­lected from North­ern Cal­i­for­nia for the play­offs. Seed­ing is based solely on power rank­ings rather than vot­ing. The power rank­ings are de­ter­mined by the re­sults of the games played.

The teams seeded No. 15 through No. 18 have a play-in game. If Solano wins on Thurs­day, the Fal­cons will be one of the 16 teams in the first round of the play­offs and will play at No. 2 San Joaquin Delta (20-0-2) on Satur­day.

The top seed, Lake Ta­hoe (180-2), plays the win­ner of No. 15 West Hills and No. 18 West Val­ley.

Va­cav­ille High grad and sopho­more goalie Kirstyn Gotschall, was Most Valu­able Player of the con­fer­ence and first-team all

state last year. She is hav­ing another out­stand­ing sea­son and has made 108 saves.

Another Va­cav­ille High grad, sopho­more Karla Car­di­nal, Mid­fielder of the Year in the BVC last sea­son, has 15 as­sists.

Van­den High grad, fresh­man Keanna Flynn. has 15 goals and 39 points, while

another fresh­man, Fairfield High grad Jor­dyn Bennett, has 13 goals and 30 points. Will C. Wood grad Is­abel Olmedo, a sopho­more, has 10 goals and 23 points.

The Fal­cons are av­er­ag­ing 3.9 goals per game.

Reed­ley is led by Sab­rina Cabera, who has scored 20 of the team’s 38 goals this sea­son. Goal­keeper Sarah Cabr­era has made 146 saves.

Solano last made the NorCal play­offs in 2017, los­ing in the first round.

The fur­thest the Fal­cons have ad­vanced since the pro­gram be­gan in 2002 was the third round in 2009. One more win and they would have made it to the state Fi­nal Four tour­na­ment. That year they were the No. 1 seed in the tour­na­ment and ended up ranked No. 9 na­tion­ally among com­mu­nity col­leges.

Solano head coach Jeff Car­di­nal has coached the team since its in­cep­tion. His clubs have made it into the NorCal tour­na­ment

in 15 of those 18 years, at one point qual­i­fy­ing for 11 straight sea­sons.

Ticket prices for Thurs­day’s game are $12 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff, se­nior ci­ti­zens (60+) and chil­dren ages 12 and un­der.

For a com­plete bracket, check out https://www. cc­caas­ports.org/sports/ wsoc/Cham­pi­onships

MATT SIEGER — THE RE­PORTER, FILE

Kirstyn Gotschall makes a save dur­ing prac­tice with her Solano Col­lege women’s soc­cer team.

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