REEDLEY COLLEGE: Women’s soccer season ends with playoff loss at Folsom Lakes

Tigers football plays Butte College in Northern California Bowl this Saturday with a chance to pick up eighth victory of the season

Reedley College women’s soccer players and coaches celebrate the team’s 2-1 victory over Fresno City College in the first round of the 3C2A Northern California regional playoffs on Nov. 18. The Tigers’ 13-8-1 season ended with a 3-1 loss to Folsom Lake in a second round match on Nov. 21. (Reedley College)
Will Goldbeck
Published November 27, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY– Reedley College’s women’s soccer team was eliminated from the 3C2A Northern California Regional playoffs after a 3-1 loss to Folsom Lakes on Nov. 21 in Folsom.

Folsom Lake advanced to the state final four after battling the Central Valley Conference champion, Clovis, to a scoreless tie on Nov. 25; advancing after winning a penalty shootout. The state finals will be held this weekend.

In the second round loss, Diana Rico (Dinuba) had given the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an early second half goal. Reedley finished the season at 13-8-1 while Folsom Lake improved to 15-3-4.

Football plays in Northern California bowl 

The Reedley College football team heads to Redding this weekend to face Butte College in the Northern California Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Tigers (7-3) and Roadrunners (8-2) will square off in a noon start at Butte’s home field in Oroville.

The Tigers’ offense is led by a one-two running game of Nick Osho and Ceonte Carson, and the versatile play of sophomore quarterback DJ Stevenson. First team all-conference linebacker Langston Lathem leads a stout Reedley defense that has seen strong line play from Aydin Merrihew, Amarian Hunter and Jalen O’Neal. Defensive backs Denon Fagan and Andre Green have been stars in the secondary.

Women’s basketball faces ups and downs

After winning just one game in San Diego the week of Nov. 13-17, the Reedley College women’s  basketball team entered Thanksgiving week with a season record of 5-3 before dropping three of four games.

Coach Dan Kilbert’s squad defeated San Bernardino Valley 49-46 on Nov. 17,  but lost to San Diego City 65-57 on Nov. 16 and 53-52 to 6-1 Imperial Valley on Nov. 18.

In the loss to San Diego, Leyocha Marigney had 19 points and 15 rebounds, close to her season average of 17:1 points and 20.3 rebounds per game. In the win over SBVC, the freshman was held to 8 points and 17 rebounds. Tienna Sutherland led the Tigers with 11 points.

Marigney netted 28 points and 20 rebounds in the loss to Imperial Valley.

Reedley hosted Allan Hancock on Nov. 21 and lost by a 71-68 score to the Bulldogs. Guard Tianna Sutherland led all scorers with 23 points.

The Tigers will be idle until a Wednesday, Nov. 29 home game with the College of the Canyons. Reedley gets another shot at Imperial Valley on Dec. 15 in Bakersfield.

Men’s basketball 3-3 after dropping two of three

Reedley College’s men’s basketball team scored 50 second half points on the way to an 89-69 victory over Solano College in Fairfield on Nov. 18. The Tigers (3-3) then lost 78-65 in a non-conference home game against Bakersfield College on Nov. 20.

After leading 39-27 at halftime, Reedley out scored the hosts 50-42 in the second half. Four Tigers scored in double figures in the win, led by 23 points from Jayden Abuyen. Kecian Primes was next with 17 points while Carlos Craig had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Ruegge followed with 11 points.

On Nov. 15, the Tigers dropped an 80-55 decision to Los Positas College. Primes led Reedley with 13 points and six turnovers  while Craig followed with 11. Ruegge added 10 points. 

Back home against Bakersfield five nights later, Matt Ruegge (19 points) and Jayden Abuyen (10 points) were the only Reedley players to crack double figures.

The Tigers were scheduled to return to action at College of San Mateo on Monday, Nov. 27.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor