Women’s Soccer defeats American River

In front of a packed Falcon Stadium on Friday night, FLC sophomore Karina Torres' hat trick (3 goals) and a stifling team defense led the home team to 3-0 victory over cross-town rival American River.  With fans of both teams filling the stadium, the atmosphere was electric as the two teams met for the first time ever.  Torres' first goal came 14 minutes in when she took a pass from freshman Keionna Claypoole and buried it in the net.  In the 32nd  minute, Torres sent a high shot over the Beavers' keeper that struck the crossbar, then bounced off the keeper's back into the net for a 2-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Falcon defenders Mia Evans, Megan Trent, and Amber Hicks kept the Beavers away from their goal with tough defense.  Torres' third goal came at the 70 minute mark and  effectively put the game away.  Falcon goalkeeper Aubrey Hall earned the shutout as the Falcons outshot the Beavers, 25-9.  With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-1-1 in Big 8 Conference play (tied for 2nd place with Modesto, just one point behind Diablo Valley) and 7-1-1 overall.  The Falcons' lone match this week will be on Wednesday when they host Delta College (7-1 overall, 2-1 Big 8) at 6:00 pm at Falcon Stadium.