Needing a win to get back on track, the Foothill varsity girls' soccer team got just that, edging rival Amador Valley 1-0 last Tuesday.
Foothill's effort level was good throughout the match. The girls were also able to control the pace of play for most of the game and it paid off in the 35th minute off a corner from Ariana Nino and finish by Julia Densmore after a brief scrum in front of the net, giving Foothill what turned out to be the final margin.
As the match moved to the second half, Foothill was able to keep the pressure on the Dons for a good portion of the final 40 minutes, finishing with seven shots for the match against only two for the Dons.
Two days later, however, the Falcons brief momentum was derailed when they fell 2-0 to Livermore.
Livermore's backline was well organized throughout the match catching Foothill offside a number of times with their one-one defending shutting down the Falcons attack.
Livermore notched two first half scores with the first in the 11th minute off a free kick from distance that slipped into the far corner of the net.
They followed up with their second goal off a counter attack in the 26th minute.
This match continued a trend this season for the Falcons of giving up an early goal and playing uphill for the rest of the match.
Livermore finished the match with six shots on goal versus just one for Foothill as Livermore's defense led the way.
The Foothill wrestling team ran into a buzz saw that is the California wrestling program, dropping a 60-15 decision to the Grizzlies last Wednesday.
Justin Phillips (113 pounds) had a pin for the Falcons as did Carter Pierce at the 195 pound match. The other Foothill win went to Cameron Ghoddoucy with a 8-1 final at 145 pounds.
Last Saturday, the Falcons sent the varsity to the Albany Kermit Bankson Invitational, while the junior varsity team attended the Livermore Barn Buster.
For the varsity, Ghoddoucy (10th grade) went 3-1 to take 3rd place. Carter Pierce (9th) went 3-1 but lost in the early rounds to not get to the medal positions. Jeevan Bal (11th), Kevin Kartchner (10th) and Camden McFarlane (9th) all went 2-2 and made it to the final round.
Blake Bettencourt placed fourth in the JV tournament.
The Foothill boys' basketball pulled out a win late in the week to salvage a 1-1 record in a week where they did not play their basketball.
Last Tuesday, Foothill dropped a 65-57 decision to Granada in a game where they had to play from behind throughout. No one scored in double figures for the Falcons as Seth Cobb, Michael Smith and Sam Novitsky all had nine points each.
On Friday, the Falcons got their split for the week with 43-37 win over
San Ramon Valley. Garrett Wrenn had14 points and Novitsky added 13 as Foothill rallied after being down 11-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Foothill High School's varsity dance team, in its first competition ever, came away with the first place trophy in the varsity jazz division at the UDA Championship in Sacramento on Jan. 17.