Falcons host play-in game vs. Reedley
Winner of Solano-Reedley playoff tilt heads to Delta
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
Kirstyn Gotschall makes a save during practice with her Solano College women’s soccer team.