Ulan’s goals not enough as Hawks fall to Beavers

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Ulan’s goals not enough as Hawks fall to Beavers

Mike Hendrickson

Mike Hendrickson

Mike Hendrickson

Freshman forward Katie Ulan scores off of a penalty kick in the first half of the game on Nov. 4. She went on to score another goal before the end of the half, but it wasn't enough to beat American River College.

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The Cosumnes River College women’s soccer team lost against the American River College Beavers on Nov. 4 with the final score of 3-2.

Both teams displayed equally solid performances throughout the first half with each competing hard to keep the ball in their possession.

Sixteen minutes into the game, ARC freshman forward Chrystal Martinez was able to get through CRC’s defense. She closed in and attempted a shot, but the ball was caught by Hawks’ freshman goalkeeper Claudia Lara.

Minutes later, a foul from ARC allowed Hawks’ freshman forward Katie Ulan to make a clean score from the penalty kick.

Shortly after, Beavers’ sophomore defender Jessica Saulter got through the Hawks’ defense and scored to tie the game 1-1.

The Hawks and Beavers continued with their tactics hoping to find any openings. Whenever one of the teams attempted to score, the other team swiftly gained possession.

Towards the end of the half, Beavers’ freshman midfielder Jasmin Lopez received a clean pass from her teammates and made a quick goal to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.

But Ulan was able counter back for the Hawks, scoring a late goal to conclude the first half with a 2-2 tie.

Despite the comeback from the Hawks, they were unable to translate it in the second half and struggled to keep possession of the ball.

“We weren’t working as well together as we did in the first half,” Ulan said.

The situation worsened when the Beavers attempted a long shot that was called a goal by the linesman. The Hawks questioned the legitimacy of the score.

“[The official] should not be allowed to make that call if he’s not on the line,” Lara said. “The ball bounced out not in.”

The Hawks are currently in a four-way tie for the sixth seed in the northern region. They have clinched a playoff spot and will play their last game of the regular season against Modesto Jr. College on Nov. 11.

“We just got to come up with a better effort in the next games,” Plasencia said.

The game was part of CRC’s “Let’s Kick it Up a Nach-O” fan appreciation night. All who attended received nachos and soft drinks while watching both the women’s and men’s soccer teams take on ARC.

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