Emily Upstone evades a Golden Eagle and brings the ball closer to Feather River’s goal during the home game Tuesday, Oct. 17. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Lady Cougar soccer takes down Corsairs

The Lady Cougar soccer team has had a rough season thus far with losses from Lake Tahoe, Butte and Shasta to start off the conference.

However, the Lassen College turned the tabled during their fourth conference game at College of the Redwoods Friday, Oct. 13.

After a tough game at the campus in Eureka, California, the Lady Cougars left the field with a 2-1 win.

The game was off to a stellar start with Lady Cougar Brianna Mendonca taking the initiative and scoring a goal within the first three minutes of the game, unassisted.

Serena Valdez dodges a Golden Eagle and shoots toward the goal Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The Cougars then utilized the remainder of the first half to focus on their defense. By the halftime break, the Cougars were still sitting pretty on a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, the Redwoods Corsairs were able to regain some gumption and managed a goal with 64 minutes on the clock. The 1-1 score put fans on the edge of their seat and brought the Lassen ladies back on their toes.

However, Brianna Mendonca seemed morbidly opposed to overtime or a tie score. In the final two minutes of the game, she managed to score a second goal for the Cougars with an assist from her sister, Brenna Mendonca.

Throughout the game, Lassen’s defense was led by keeper Freja Magnussen, who effortlessly caught and cleared four shots on goal made by the Corsairs in the first half, and another eight made in the second half.

As a team, Lassen made five shots with three in the first half and

two in the second. The Cougars also had a total of four corner kicks in the game with two made in each half.

After taking down the Corsairs, the Lady Cougars traveled back home and proceeded to host a conference game against the Feather River College Golden Eagles.

Lassen was not as fortunate during the home game as the final score was 2-0 favoring the Golden Eagles.

Feather River scored their first goal 12 minutes into the game, and their second was made with 73 minutes on the clock.