To stay unbeaten, the Modesto Junior College women’s soccer team essentially was asked to beat American River twice.
The Pirates, rallying from a scoreless tie at halftime, went on to a 3-0 win over the Beavers on Wednesday at the MJC West Campus field.
The game was replayed in its entirety after last week’s scheduled game, during which Modesto led American River 2-0 when the game was suspended by lightning in the 67th minute. It needed to last at least 70 minutes to be official.
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Modesto (10-0, 3-0 Big 8 Conference), faced with a do-over, affirmed its dominance with goals by Tyler Fenton, Andrea Zaragoza and Keshia Watson.
“It was a frustrating decision (to cancel last week’s game), but the team sucked it up and handled the adversity well,” MJC coach Steve Aristotelous said. “Shows the character we have on this team. It’s tough playing three matches in four days, but I believe we will come out ready for Santa Rosa on Friday.”
Warriors fall – Chico State’s Shannon Boling notched 16 kills and carried her team (6-5, 4-3) to a 3-0 California Collegiate Athletic Association win over Cal State Stanislaus at Fitzpatrick Arena. The Warriors (1-10, 1-6), beaten 25-22, 25-14 and 25-20, were led by Lindsay Skadeland with eight kills, followed by freshman Morgan Miller with seven kills and sophomore Blair Ehrlich with six.
Pirates roll – Sierrah Miller enjoyed a big night with 12 kills, 10 digs and three aces to lead MJC (9-3, 1-0) to a Big 8 Conference-opening 3-0 win at Diablo Valley (9-2, 0-1). Modesto survived a tight first game, then received a boost from reserve Emily Brutout in the third set (six kills) to close out the win. It was the fourth straight victory for the Pirates, ranked 10th in Northern California, after they topped the Vikings 25-23, 25-22, 25-18.
MJC men beaten – American River kept Modesto (6-8, 0-2) winless in the Big 8 with a 9-4 win at the Beavers’ pool. C.J. Cossey, Will McCormick, Brad McCain and Ethan Heacox picked up the goals for the Pirates.
Lopsided loss for MJC women – The MJC women (1-6, 1-2) fell 21-6 at American River, despite a trio of goals by Liz Jenkins.