The Lassen Community College men’s soccer team celebrates its recent victory. Photo from Lassen Athletics

LCC men’s soccer wins two games on the road

The Lassen Community College Men’s soccer team is on a roll winning its past two matches against Yuba College, 3-1, and Napa Valley College, 5-3.

The Cougars Men’s soccer team got their second win of the season on Tuesday night beating Yuba College, 3-1, in Maryville. The Cougars displayed a dominant performance despite giving up a one goal lead at half.

Freshmen Tom Pechaudra and Marcos Paiz controlled the midfield giving the Cougars a distinct advantage throughout the match over Yuba (1-3). Early in the second half, Tomas Ulla found the back of the net with a great strike inside the 18-yard box.

A few moments later, Simbarase Makuchete scored a second goal from a one-on-one situation against Yuba’s goalkeeper.

“I am very proud of this group of young men,” said Head Coach Alex Machin. “Despite the deficit at the half, the boys kept their heads up and worked hard to get back in the game which resulted in an important win.”

In the eighty-fifth minute, Will Wray sealed the game with a third goal off a rebound from Yuba’s goalkeeper.

“It is always great to get a win away from home,” added Machin. “I was very excited to have players like Tom (Pechaudra) back on the field. He is a talented player and showed his vital importance on the pitch last night. I am glad to have him amongst the squad again.”

Additionally, the Cougars men’s soccer team got its third win of the season on Friday night against host Napa Valley College (0-4), winning 5-3. Napa jumped out to an early lead, however the Cougars responded in dominant fashion early on in the first half taking a 3-1 lead within the first twenty minutes of the half.

Cougar freshman, Marcos Paiz, Noah Villemeur, and Mael Graf found the back of the net early on in the game giving Lassen an early and comfortable lead. Graf, a freshman, used precision to capitalize on a free kick from 40 yards away from the goal.

Before halftime, Napa Valley managed to find the net on two occasions to tie the game.

“It was a very exciting and difficult game,” said Head Coach Alex Machin. “The guys got comfortable with the 3-1 lead and Napa responded and managed to get two goals past our goalkeeper (Cristobal Romero) putting us under pressure going into the second half.”

In the second half, the Cougars had to come back and seal the game with goals by Caik Silva and Tomas Ulla.

“I believe we are on the right path to success,” said Machin. “Bringing home two wins from two away games back to back is a very satisfying feeling for us as a team. The team is feeling good and confident that this streak will continue,” Machin stated.

The Cougars hit the road again next Tuesday, Sept. 14, against Mendocino College. The match begins at 4 p.m.