Thiago Batista keeps the ball away from a Shasta Knight during the home game Friday, Oct. 6. Photo by Greg Wallace

LCC men’s soccer remains yet to fall in conference

The Lassen Community College soccer teams played their second and third games of the Golden Valley Conference Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. against the Butte Roadrunners and the Shasta Knights, respectively.

Prior to hosting the game against the Knights, both Cougar soccer teams traveled to Butte College in hopes of advancing on their current conference records.

The men’s team left the Roadrunner field with a 1-1 tie that brought their conference record to 1-0-1, thus allowing them to still claim the title undefeated. The women’s team lost to the Roadrunners with a final score of 2-1, thus bringing their record for the conference to 0-2.

During the men’s game, both the Cougars and the Roadrunners scored in the second half, merely minutes after one another.

Sean Lynch headbutts the ball during the home game against the Shasta Knights. Photo by Greg Wallace

Lassen’s Adolf Bitegeko scored the first goal of the game unassisted, but soon afterward, the Roadrunners invalidated the goal with one of their own to end the match with a tie.

As for the Lady Cougars, Lassen was again the first team to score while on the field. The team made it into the Roadrunners’ net within the first 20 minutes of play.

However, not only did the Butte ladies counter with a goal in the first quarter, but they broke the 1-1 tie with a second goal in quarter two.

After the games against the Roadrunners, the Cougars returned to the den to prepare for the games against Shasta.

While at home, the men’s team took the win 9-4 against the Knights and thus raised their conference record to 2-0-1. The women’s team fell 4-1 to the Knights.

The Lassen men’s team was absolutely on fire while playing on the home field. In the first half of the game, Lassen successfully scored all nine goals without breaking a sweat.

In return, the Knights managed one goal in the first half and three in the second. Though the effort seen from the Knights was valiant, they still stood no match against the Cougars.

As for the Lady Cougars, the first goal of the game was made by Lassen’s Emily Upstone via penalty kick near the start of the second half.

After Upstone shot into the net, the Knights followed with four goals over the span of 25 minutes in the second half.

Lassen’s keeper, Freja Magnussen, was in top form during the game as she managed to block a total of 12 shots on goal.

Though the only Lady Cougar to score was Upstone, Lassen saw a total seven shots on goal throughout the game.

After taking on the Knights, the men’s team traveled to Las Positas College for a non-conference game. The Cougars lost the game 1-0, but the loss didn’t affect their conference record.

The next home game for the Cougars will be today, Tuesday, Oct. 17 against Feather River College.