Published on 10/2/2019.
The first day of Golden Valley Conference play saw mixed results for College of the Redwoods.
Redwoods' women's team fought to a 1-1 draw against visiting Feather River.
"It was a battle from start to finish," Redwoods' women's coach Julio Ayala said. "We had our moments of dominance in terms of ball-control and controlling the pace, but Feather River had theirs too — it was a real back-and-forth game."
After trailing for the majority of Tuesday's match at Community Stadium former Eureka High standout Athena Miller gave Redwoods an equalizer in the 64th minute.
Miller's goal came on a free-kick in the final-third of Feather River's field.
Juliana Ortega-Miranda's six saves in the latter 35 minutes of Tuesday's match prevented the visitors from retaking a lead as Redwoods hung on for the draw.
"(Ortega-Miranda) was superb," Ayala said. "This was her first game back after missing a few weeks with an injury and she picked up right where she left off. She never missed a beat."
Bailey Baillet played the first 55 minutes of Tuesday's game at goalie for Redwoods and finished with four saves and one goal given up.
The draw starts Redwoods out with an 0-0-1 record in the GVC and moves the club to 4-2-1 overall.
Ayala said he liked what he saw against Feather River (1-6-3, 1-0-1 GVC) in his club's first conference game of the season.
"I saw a lot of things we've been working on through the preseason done well," the coach said. "Feather River is a tougher team than a lot of the teams we played in the preseason. We'll take what we can from this match and challenge ourselves, compete all week and prepare for what's next."
Up next for Redwoods is a road game Friday morning at Butte (1-7).
Redwoods' men's team found less success than its female counterparts as it suffered a 6-1 loss on Tuesday.
Redwoods' (3-5-1, 0-1-0 GVC) forward Richmond Miamen and midfielder Adan Ramirez were each awarded yellow cards in the loss to Feather River (5-3-1, 1-0-1 GVC) .
Tyrees Arana scored Redwoods' lone goal in the 30th minute.
Goal-keeper Skylar Carroll played all 90 minutes at his position for Redwoods and finished with eight saves on 14 shots-on-goal, with six goals allowed.
Redwoods will have a week off before heading to Siskiyous (1-4-2, 1-0-1 GVC) on Tuesday for conference match No. 2 of the season.