COS men's soccer opens season with 2-0 home wins

Dave Sjostedt
Diego Sanchez of COS puts a penalty kick into the net during Friday's game versus Yuba in Weed.

The College of the Siskiyous Eagles men’s soccer squad won its season opener, beating Yuba at home on Friday 2-0, but lost their leading scorer to injury.

Diego Sanchez led the team last year with seven goals and scored the first Eagle goal against Yuba before injuring his shoulder on a hard but legal tackle. While being walked off the field Sanchez asked the athletic trainer how he knew that Diego had a broken collarbone.

“Because I felt it,” was the reply and Sanchez’s season will be over if x-rays confirm the break.

In a roughly played game with five yellow cards issued, Siskiyous scored first on a Sanchez penalty kick at 55:00. A Yuba player was called for a hand-touch in the box and Sanchez calmly put a low liner into the net.

Twenty minutes later Ernesto Futigame was fouled just outside the penalty area and bent a free kick into the upper left corner of the goal.

The Eagles lost last year’s all-conference goalkeeper Reilly Burke, but his replacement in the net, Cesar Toledo, looked sharp in stopping all seven shots that Yuba sent his way.

COS will be looking for someone to step up in Sanchez’s absence and forward Ben Schieb looked the part. He showed good speed in a couple of runs into Yuba territory and played harrying defense.

Elhadji Wade also played a good game, breaking up passes and controlling the ball around the Eagle’s net.

Siskiyous hits the road for matches at Chabot on Friday and Ohlone on Sunday.