Leo takes the ball down the field
Bay Valley Conference
Midfielder of the Year
Forward of the Year
Men's Soccer Fall Just Short
The men's Soccer Team Received some bad news after a great 4-0 win in the final game against Lassen.The Golden Eagles failed to make the playoffs by .6 of a point. "It's tough,"said Coach Gill "but when you finish 13-7-1 it is hard to be too unhappy. This is one of the nicest and hardest-working group of guys I have ever been around. The key for us is to keep the nucleus of our group together for next year."
Men's Tie Yuba 1-1
The men tied Yuba on Friday with a goal by Patrick Berlin and an assist by Justin Johnson. They are now ranked 14th in the region and two wins in the last two games this Monday and Tuesday should see the Golden Eagles into the playoff race. "We were disappointed with the result,"said Coach Gill, "but on reflection when you go to a tough place and come back with a tie you can not complain too much. I think sometimes we are the victims of our own high expectations."
Men's Soccer Splits
The Men's Soccer team went 1-1 on the weekend losing a crucial conference game to Contra Costa 2-1, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over Marin. FRC came up short in a tense, pulsating affair that saw the Golden Eagles dominate much of the possession but fall behind by two goal mid way through the second half. "Our boys fought back like mad,"said Coach Gill and when Justin Johnson pulled a goal back, I thought we had them. Unfortunately we ran out of time at the end." On Saturday, Feather River responded to this devastating loss with a comfortable 3-0 win against Marin. Marcelo Bittencourt, Thiago Poplade and Jacob Zavala scored for the Eagles while Luis Gomez recorded the shutout in goals. Next on the schedule for Feather River is a trip to Santa Rosa College on November 8 at 4:00pm.
Big Win For Feather River
The men started the day's proceedings on a good note with a 6-2 victory. Patrick Berlin was the hero with three goals on the day (this was his second hatrick of the year). Marcelo Bittencourt, Jopa Canineu and Edwin Moller also scored. Simei Rafael and Luis Gomez shared time in goal. The win leaves the Golden Eagles with a record of 10-5 on the year and more importantly a record of 6-2 in conferece which is good for first place. "We play Contra Costa on Friday and this may be for all the marbles," said Coach Vinny Gill. They beat us the first time but they have struggled lately and a win there would make it difficult for them to catch us in the win column."
FRC Falls To American River
The FRC men's team was defeated 4-0 by a strong American River team in Sacramention on Monday, Ocbtober 24. Three first half goals settled the matter for the Beavers though a penalty miss by FRC may have changed the momentum of the game. "This was a good experience for us to play a playoff caliber team," said Coach Gill. "Against this level of oppposition you can not make the mental mistakes that we made today. We now have plenty to work on in the next few weeks" Next up for Feather River is a crucial conference game on Friday at home against Shasta at 2.
Men's Soccer Defeats Lassen 3-1
After a difficult loss to Contra Coasta the Men's soccer team responed by defeating lassen 3-1. Lassen set up a defensive shell around its goal and it took patience and persistence to break down the defense. A goal mid way through the first half by Justin Johnson made the task easier for the Eagles and quick goals in the second half by Marcello Bittencout(2) and Jopa Canineu opened the flood gates for FRC. Lassen scored a late consolation to pad the scoreline. "This was an important game" said Coach Vinny Gill. "We had just lost to Contra Costa, so it was important to get back to our winning ways quickly. I was worried about this game because it is always difficult to play a team three times in one year. You would think that the odds would be in their favor one time." The men's team are now 9-4 on the season and 5-2 in conference which puts them in first place.
Golden Valley Conference
Coach of the Year
Lady Golden Eagles End Their Historic Season
The Feather River women's soccer team ended its season on Saturday in Cupertino with a 4-0 loss to DeAnza in the first round of the state playoff. "The score was tight at half with only a 1-0 deficit but DeAnza's greater depth in the second half wore us down," said Coach Gill. "Ashley Bennett was great in goal with some great saves. I'm disappointed to lose but when you see what we have achieved on the season you can only be proud of the girls." FRC finish the season at 13-7-3 which is an improvement from 6-10-2 a year ago. It finished second in the GVC, had ties against top ranked Lassen and American River and made the playoffs for the first time in the school's history. "They have set the tone for this program," said Coach Gill.
Women's Soccer in The Playoffs
Saturday is a big day for the women's soccer team as it travels to Dana's College for the first round of the playoffs in a 1pm start. "I'm so excited for the girls,"said Coach Gill. "They have worked hard all year and this is a fitting reward for their efforts."
Women's Tie American River 1-1
FRC women faced the number 5 ranked American River and in a close game and eked out a 1-1 tie. "These girls are amazing,"said Coach Gill. "American River scored with 4 minutes to go and I thought there goes our unbeaten streak (currently at 15) but with the last kick of the game Amber Vasquez scored off a great free kick from Heather Bennett. "I don't think these girls believe they can be beaten."
Vasquez Number 2 in State Points Race
With 5 goals in two games this weekend, Amber Vasquez moved to second place in the scoring race in the California. Vasquez has 28 goals and 11 assists on the season for 67 points and is five points behind the state leader with two games remaining.
Feather River Outscores Opponents 11-0 on the Weekend
The FRC Women's Soccer team won both games this weekend to remain undefeated in conference and extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games. In game on Feather River beat College of the Redwoods 4-0 and then beat Marin 8-0 the next day. The stars of the weekend were Amber Vasquez (5 goals and an assist) and Marcia Silva (3 goals and two assists). Notable performances were also added by Rachelle Galleos, Ashley Bennett and Erica Orozco who all scored their first goals of the season for the Lady Eagles. "Friday's game was huge."said Coach Gilll. "We wanted to remain unbeaten in conference and set up a showdown with Lassen in the last game of the season on November 15. This win ensures that showdown." The next game for Feather River will be on Saturday November 12 against American River College. The game will be on the campus of Feather River College at 2:00pm.
Women's Soccer Still Undefeated
The Women's soccer team held off a spirited Shasta side by a 3-2 score to remain unbeaten in conference play. "Our goal is to stay unbeaten in conference play until we play Lassen on the last game of the season." said Coach Gill. "We have one more game next Friday at home to Redwoods and if we can win then it all comes down to the Lassen game for the championship." Amber Vasquez scored two goals for the Lady Eagles but the highlight of the day was a great goal by Camilla Estefano which was the result of a great passing play by Feather River. "I'm really happy for the ladies," said Coach GIll. "We didn't play great but we have so much spirit and resolve when it matters." Next up is a game versus Redwoods on Friday which will determine whether the last game against Lassen is vital or not.
Season Sweep Over Butte
The Feather River Women's team completed the season hatrick of wins against Butte College defeating the conference rival by a 3-1 score. Amber Vasquez had two goals and an assist while Kerry Yocum added a goal and Marcia Silva had an assist. "It's tough to beat a team three times in a season especially when two of the games are away," said Coach Vinny Gill. "I'm really proud of our girls. We now have an opportunity to win the conference as our last three games are at home." FRC are currently 10-5-3 on the season and 7-0-2 in conference where it shares the conference lead with Lassen College. Next up for the Lady Eagles is a tilt with Shasta on Friday at home at 4.
Women Pull Off a Tie Late Against Lassen
The women's soccer team and Lassen battled to a 1-1 tie in what was an emotional and hard-fought game. Down a goal and a player with less than ten minutes to go, it looked like the 10-game unbeated streak of the Lady Eagles would end but a piece of magic by Heather Bennett drew FRC level and the Lady Eagles dug in for the last ten minutes to preserve the tie. "I just looked up and saw the keeper off her line"said Bennett "I fired the ball in and saw her drop it and hit the post, then we all went crazy." Bennet's sister Ashley was also the star in goal as she made save after save in goal to deny Lassen. The one time she was beaten Erica Oroczo cleared the ball from the goal line. "Everytime I have expectations for this team, they rise above them."said Coach Gill. "I thought we may be done when we lost Vee(Amber Vasquez) and went down a goal but I didn't take into account the heart of this team. This is the hardest-working team on the field that I have ever coached." Next up for FRC is a trip to Butte on Tuesday. "We need to win this game to set up a season finale with Lassen for the conference title," said Gill. Our next three games are crucial for us. The Lady Eagles are 9-5-3 on the season and 6-0-2 in conference which gives them a tie with Lassen for first place.
During his tenure at Thomas University, Coach Gill qualified for three NAIA regional tournaments and many sectional playoff tournaments. He led the team for 11 seasons with a record of 86-70-12 and he was named the NAIA Region 13 Coach of the Year. Over his years at Thomas University Coach Gill had the honor of coaching numerous Academic All-American, All-American and All-Region players. Coach Gill finished the 2004 season with a 7-8-3 record and the team was ranked as 5th in one of the nation’s hardest regions.
Prior to his coaching at Thomas University, Coach Gill had been coaching high school and travel teams since 1989. Additionally, he was named Head Coach of the Jacksonville Cyclones, an A League Professional team in 1998. The team finished with a 9-7 record and qualified for the US Open Cup. To date, he is the only coach in the club’s history to record a winning season.
“I am excited to come to Feather River and to Quincy. I am looking forward to the challenge of putting together two competitive teams and I don’t mind working hard to get there. I have experience dealing with start-up programs in the past, and I believe this experience will help me make the FRC programs successful.”
Vinny, originally from Ireland, holds a Master’s degree from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College, Dublin.
Feather River will be running a soccer camp in August this year. Check www.frcsports.com for more information or contact Coach Gill at email@example.com.