College of the Redwoods

Redwoods soccer teams split with Feather River

College of the Redwoods split a soccer doubleheader at home to Feather River on Tuesday, with the women winning 4-1 and the men falling 6-2.

The Redwoods women continued their impressive start to the season with their third win in five tries, while improving to 1-0 in conference play (3-2 overall).

The Corsairs got off to quick start and never looked back, opening up a 3-0 advantage within 15 minutes.

“We started off hot, and the girls held strong,” CR head coach Julio Ayala said. “We only conceded one goal. They held it down.””

Amy Reyes scored a hat trick in the win, while Jennifer Murillo added the other goal.

Murillo also had an assist, as did Avery Baker and Jayden Johnson.

The win was secured with another impressive showing from the CR back line of Sarah Lester, Parker Olsen, Noelia Alatorre and Tia Graham, which held the visitors in check.

“I’d say overall everyone did their job,” Ayala said  “The defense was rock solid. They put in a lot of work to keep their opponents from scoring.”

The CR women play at Tahoe on Friday.

CR Men 2, Feather River 6

Familiar mistakes came back to cost the Redwoods men again on Tuesday, as they fell 6-2 to visiting Feather River.

With the loss, the Corsairs drop to 0-4-2 on the season and 0-1 in conference.

“It was rough,” CR head coach Kyle Van Dyke said. “We had some moments, but we started slow again.

“In the second half we came out strong, but we had a few mental lapses and they ended up changing the game. But overall, I’m happy with where we’re at. We’ve been steadily improving.”

Donty Thompson scored the Corsairs’ first goal off an assist from Eric Olea, while Seth Cuenca added the second goal off an assist from Emerson Arana.

Despite the scoreline, the head coach was happy with the effort from his defense — Roberto Ortiz, Jose Chavez, Michael Higgins and Thompson — against the high-flying Feather River offense.

“They played real well,” he said.

Arana, Alexis Olea and Robert Carreno also had good games in midfield.

The Corsairs will be boosted by the return this week of defender Kyle Alexandrian, who has been out injured since the preseason.

Alexandrian played for 15 minutes against Feather River as he regains his fitness.

His return allows Thompson to move up the field, giving Van Dyke added options.

The CR men also play at Tahoe on Friday.

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