It may still feel like summer, but the FLC fall sports teams will all open their seasons this week. With 6+ weeks of training behind them, over 70 student –athletes representing the men's & women's soccer teams and the women's volleyball team will begin their 2019 seasons with non-conference matches, including a home game for women's soccer on Tuesday evening (6:30 pm) against Clovis College. The men will play at Napa Valley on Tuesday afternoon (4:00 pm) and the volleyball team will travel to Salinas for the Hartnell Tournament, where where they'll play both Hartnell and Sequoias on Saturday afternoon.
With two straight Big 8 titles under their belt, the men's soccer team is focused on capturing their third championship in three years. They return several standouts from 2018, including forwards Tanner Boyea, Ethan Viers, and Abraham Iniquez. Midfielders Adrian Jimenez and Ricardo Miranda return along with defenders Adam & Andrew Ratto, Dylan Huft, and Mason Lopez. With both goalkeepers from 2018 gone due to transfer, the Falcons will rely on freshmen Gerardo Perez and Arman Salimi to protect the net.
After Tuesday's opener in Napa, the Falcons will play three straight home games starting Tuesday Sept 3 against 2018 state finalist Lake Tahoe (4:00 pm).
If the FLC soccer women sound like they're speaking with a Spanish accent, it may not be your imagination. The team took a 10-day trip to Barcelona in early August, where they played three international "friendlies", were coached by international soccer stars and coaches, and bonded over Spanish cuisine (and ice cream!!). To read more about their trip, sophomore midfielder Mikayla Smith provided us with a delightful journal of their experiences: https://flcfalcons.com/general/2019-20/releases/20190826pkdt1w
The women are coming off their first ever non-championship season after five straight Conference titles (2013-2017) and are motivated to reclaim the Big 8 trophy. Returning standouts include forwards Sarah Scott and Sarah Freed, midfielders Emma Thompson, Mikayla Smith, and Michaela Mayer, and defenders Hayley Semkiw, Sarah Postema, and Julia Atlee. Sophomore Hunter Casperson will patrol the goal.
Following Tuesday's home opener, the Falcons will play two weekend matches at Lake Tahoe (Lake Tahoe & Evergreen) on Friday and Sunday, then another in Lemoore before returning to Falcon Stadium against Feather River on Sept 10.
With new head coach Molly Hanrahan at the helm, the women's volleyball team will look to reach the CCCAA state playoffs for the fourth straight year. Hanrahan takes over after serving as Matt Torrez' lead assistant the last two years and appears to have recruited an exciting crop of freshmen to go with a talented group of returning sophomores. Sophomore returnees include outside hitter Caitlin Dillon (2018 Big 8 leader in kills), setter Kennedy Crawford (2018 Big 8 all-conference), outside hitter Kaitlin Bullock, defensive specialist Madison Pearce, and middle hitter Yasmine Sowell-Scott.
The Falcons will travel to three tournaments (Salinas, Saratoga, and Oroville) before finally playing their home opener on Monday Sept 16 against De Anza (4:00 pm). For the complete volleyball schedule, go to: https://flcfalcons.com/sports/wvball/2019-20/schedule
Admission prices for FLC home athletic events are:
General Admission $7
FLC faculty, staff, and students FREE (with ID)
Non-FLC students $5
Seniors 62+ $5
Children 12 & under FREE