Taft College outlasts Lassen 2-1 to advance

Freshman forward Ramiro Barraza scored both goals Tuesday in Taft College’s 2-1 state soccer playoff victory over Lassen Community College.

The Cougars will host Cabrillo College Saturday in the semi-finals.  The winner gets a trip to the final four on Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Lassen midfielder Krishan Patel drilled a crossing pass into the left corner of the goal in the eighth minute to give the team from Susanville an early lead.

Barraza took a pass from Andy Reyes in the 43rd minute to tie it and scored the game-winner minutes later on a header off a corner kick.

TC (16-0-5) advances to the semi-finals against No. 13 Cabrillo, which upset No. 5 Fresno 2-1 after knocking off No. 4 Santa Rosa in last Saturday’s opening round.

The game ended in a brawl when a Lassen player jumped a Taft player.  

Players from both teams scuffled for several minutes before calm was restored.

Referees will issue a report that could produce red cards.  The penalties won’t matter for Lassen, which ended its season 10-6-4, but it could affect TC.