Grizzly girls drop first WSL game; boys win twice
Michaels' squad still hopes to make playoffs Lassen High School's girls' soccer team suffered a rare loss last week and head coach Steve Datema hopes it will pay off down the road.
"Maybe it's a wake-up call for the girls," he said. "We made three mistakes in the backfield and paid dearly for two of them."
The two miscues led to a 2-0 road loss to Las Plumas last Thursday. It was scoreless at halftime.
"I can't remember the last time we were shutout. I think we played better against Las Plumas than we did against Oroville, but the score sure didn't reflect that," Datema said.
The Grizzlies hammered the Tigers 8-0 at home last Tuesday. Andin Moran had a hat trick and LeAnn McCracken scored twice. Renee Duerkson, Stevie Hodge and Quinn McKee added goals.
"We didn't play very well in the first half, but turned it on in the second half," Datema said.
Lassen (6-1 in the WSL) scored six times in the second half.
The team is after its sixth consecutive Westside League title and has won three of the last four Northern Section crowns.
Meanwhile, the Lassen boys rebounded after five straight losses and posted wins over Oroville 2-1 and Las Plumas 1-0.
Avenging a 4-1 loss to Oroville earlier in the season, Johan Kampfraat and Matt Hamlet found the net, off assists from Scott Gill and David Hink.
The Tigers scored first and Kampfraat tied the score just before halftime.
"The guys played well, had good intensity and played like a team," Lassen head coach Dennis Michaels said. "It was Kevin Lyman's first game back after an injury and his leadership in the midfield paid off. Kevin's presence makes a big difference to this team."
The Grizzlies followed with a 1-0 win over Las Plumas. Junior Jimenez scored the sole goal in the second half, courtesy of an assist by Hink.
"We played a technically correct game, but without a lot of passion," Michaels said. "There was no real enthusiasm. We played better against Oroville.
"The field conditions were rather rough and the guys adapted well and did the things they had to do to get out of there with a win."
Lassen needs to win its remaining three games in order to make the Northern Section playoffs. Michaels said he thinks it's a serious possibility.
"We have to play our best and keep up the intensity, but I think this team is up to it," he said.
Both Lassen teams host Corning Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Susanville's Riverside Park and travel to Gridley Thursday, Jan. 31.
The girls play at 3:15 p.m., followed by the boys' game.