Despite allowing a gift goal in just the second minute of play, the FLC men's soccer team rallied for three goals of their own to defeat a quality Santa Rosa team on Friday afternoon at Falcon Stadium, 3-2. The Bear Cubs entered the match in a tie for first place in the Big 8 with Delta, three points ahead of the third-place Falcons. After the early hiccup, the Falcons unleashed an offensive attack of their own that resulted in two quick goals within a minute; Mouad Zehnouni tallied the first one with a perfectly placed high, looping shot that bounced over the Bear Cubs' center back (the goalkeeper had strayed too far out to defend) to tie the score. Less than a minute later, Adam Ratto attacked the right sideline, then centered a pass that found Miguel Medina in front of the goal for his 12th goal of the season and a 2-1 Falcon lead. The Falcons' third goal came from Adam Ratto – his second of the season – and gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead. The Bear Cubs added a second-half goal that made for some anxious moments, but ultimately the Falcon defense held strong to secure the win.
The Falcons improved their record to 10-1-1 overall and are now tied for second in the Big 8 (with Santa Rosa) at 3-1-1. They'll host Clovis on Tuesday in a non-conference match at Falcon Stadium at 4:00 pm.