LHS boys keep postseason chances alive; girls near title
Lassen High School's girls' soccer team racked up two more shutouts and stands to capture its sixth consecutive Westside League title this week. The Grizzlies dumped Gridley 5-0 and Corning 4-0 last week, pushing its league mark to 7-1-1.
A home win over Orland Tuesday, Feb. 5 gives Lassen the league crown. Orland enters this week with a 6-2-1 record and Las Plumas owns a 5-2-1 mark.
"We just simply need to win," Lassen head coach Steve Datema said. "We can't worry about what everyone else is going to do."
Last Tuesday, Lassen rolled behind Andin Moran's two goals, and unassisted goals by Courtney Oates and LeAnn McCracken. Oates and McCracken had assists.
On the road against Gridley, McCracken netted a hat trick, and Moran and Oates added goals. Jessa Shelley, Moran and Oates had assists.
"Gridley wasn't too tough, but I'm surprised we handled Corning the way we did," Datema said. "Our passing game came together (against Corning) and Jessa, Sara (Nelson) and Nicole (Harris) played great defense and didn't allow Corning to get started."
The boys' team remained in contention for a playoff berth. The boys improved to 3-6 in the WSL with a 1-0 win over Gridley.
Junior Jimenez scored Lassen's sole goal early in the first half.
"It was a very physical game. We had other opportunities to score, but the boys had Gridley playing into their hands throughout the game," Lassen head coach Dennis Michaels said. "We had Gridley frustrated."
Lassen goalkeeper Pete Datema stopped a penalty kick late in the second half to secure the win.
The Grizzlies need to upset Orland this Tuesday in order to give them a chance to extend the season.
"The guys are starting to jell and I think we have a good chance at pulling off a shocker this week. It's going to take a monumental effort," Michaels said.
The girls battle Orland at 3:15 p.m. at Susanville's Riverside Park. The boys play under the lights approximately at 5:15 p.m.