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One save enough to put Granite Bay in D-II soccer final

By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay and Bella Vista high schools duked it out Thursday in a soccer match that went to penalty kicks to decide which team would advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game.

Granite Bay (15-4-1) made all five of its penalty kicks, and goalie Maria Dela Cruz managed to block one of Bella Vista’s to gain the Grizzlies the victory. Granite Bay will play Rocklin (17-3-2) in an all-Sierra Foothill League title match at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Cosumnes Oaks in Elk Grove.

Brittani Morgan made Bella Vista’s first attempt, and Grizzlies captain Christy Cooper followed with a shot into the left corner. The Broncos scored again, and Brigid Lummis scored for Granite Bay.

Dela Cruz then blocked Lisa Elledge’s attempt to the left side, and the Grizzlies hit their next three on shots by Makenzie Brito, Dorien Johnk and Kayla Karlsson.

“I’m just really proud of the girls. This was a gutsy performance on their part,” Grizzlies coach Chris Roberts said.

Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. Alex Pink put Granite Bay ahead with a penalty kick in the 59th minute, but Bella Vista’s Megan Dickson tied the score with three minutes left. The teams then played 20 minutes of scoreless overtime.

Granite Bay beat McClatchy 4-2 in the first round Tuesday. Avery Hutchinson scored two goals, Karlsson had a goal and an assist, and Lummis had two assists. Anna Goddi also scored for Granite Bay, and Cooper had an assist.

The Grizzlies lost at Rocklin 2-1 on April 6 and tied the Thunder 2-2 on April 29 at home in SFL matches.

“Rocklin’s an excellent team,” Roberts said. “We played them tight the whole entire season. They snuck one out on us at their place; had an opportunity to win at our place.”