Fall sports head to state

The football team plays during a 35-28 victory over rival Grant on a rainy night Oct. 20.

As the fall sports season begins to come to a close, one goal remains: state playoffs. With Lincoln’s athletic programs heading into the postseason, The Cardinal Times decided to see how each team is performing as their season comes to an end.

While the men’s football had a shaky start to the season by losing to Lake Oswego and Clackamas, they have turned their season around to a record of 5-2 as of Oct. 20, including defeating Madison in the close homecoming game on Sept. 22, and every other PIL team they have played by at least 25 points. “It was a really close game that went all the way to the final whistle,” said junior Caleb Kono of the homecoming game, “It could have gone either way.”

The women’s soccer team has pulled off some strong wins against powerhouses such as Madison and Tualatin. The team also managed to take down Grant in the cross town clash with a 3-1 win. They are fifteenth in state with an overall record of 7-6, and are 4-2 against PIL teams as of Oct. 22.

The men’s soccer team has high hopes for playoffs this year as well. They are in a great spot, clinching first in PIL with a 2-1 win at Franklin on Oct. 17. With a league record of 6-0-1 including defeating tough opponents like Wilson and Cleveland, the Cards are seventh in the state overall with a record of 8-2-3.

The volleyball team has had an amazing season as it is undefeated in league (14-0) and has only lost two games outside of league (17-2) as of Oct. 19. The team didn’t lose a single set until their eighth match in league play. It has defeated Grant twice, only dropping one set in both of the two matches. Head coach Stephen Stone believes that the team this year has “really good ability.” The team has set a goal this year, and that is to win two games in state this year.

“Everything after two games is a bonus,” says Stone.