LHS girls hold off T-birds; boys lose
By Rob Brockmeyer
Sports Editor Lassen High School's girls soccer team moved to 1-0 in the Westside League with a 1-0 home win over Las Plumas Wednesday, Dec. 19.
"Las Plumas came to play and was a big, physical team to defend," Lassen head coach Steve Datema said. "Our girls did a good job keeping them in check. Our defensive play was solid."
LeAnn McCracken scored the game's sole goal off an assist from Courtney Oates at the 20-minute mark.
"The girls got their passing together and moved the ball nicely. After we scored, Las Plumas didn't really have an opportunity to score," Datema said.
Lassen traveled to Corning Thursday, Dec. 20, without the services of Nicole Harris and Oates. Harris is out with a possible stress fracture and Oates went on vacation.
Results were not available at press time.
Corning was the only team to beat Lassen last year in the Westside League.
Datema will use the Christmas break as a time to fine tune the team.
"We're going to practice as normally as we can. There's going to be some girls doing other things though. Hopefully toward the end of the break, we can get a full team on the field and be ready to get back to defending our title," Datema said.
The boys' team came up on the other end of a 1-0 score, falling to the Thunderbirds and dropping its second WSL game.
"We dominated the game and were in control most of the way," said first-year Lassen head coach Dennis Michaels. "We just missed out on a lot of scoring opportunities and didn't catch a break.
"The guys are improving and if we would have played better against Oroville and Las Plumas we would have walked away with wins."
Michaels praised the play of defenseman Clinton Roberts against Las Plumas.
The Grizzlies have been hurt by the cancellations of four preseason games.
"We needed those games to work on some things and get ready for league," he said.
Both teams return to action when they host Gridley on Tuesday, Jan. 8.