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Thunder can qualify for boys soccer playoffs with win Thursday

Wildcats remain tied for first with El Dorado
By: Eric J. Gourley Gold Country News Service
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Rocklin High’s varsity boys soccer team tied Del Oro 0-0 in Loomis on Tuesday night, keeping the race for the final playoff spot in the Sierra Foothill League still up in the air. Granite Bay (10-2 in the SFL) and Roseville (7-3-1) have locked up two of the three playoff spots from the SFL while Rocklin (6-4-1) and Del Oro (5-3-3) are battling for the other position. Rocklin will close the SFL season with a match against visiting Nevada Union (2-7-2) Thursday (3:30 p.m.) while Del Oro will play at Roseville at 3:30 p.m. Rocklin will advance to the playoffs with a victory Thursday. “We had a rough couple of weeks there in the middle of the season where we were giving up a lot of goals,” Rocklin coach Grant Depue said. “The last time we played Del Oro (3-2 loss) they had five shots on goal and scored on three of them. The last couple of weeks we’ve been emphasizing defense and shutouts.” Del Oro must beat Roseville combined with a Rocklin tie or loss in order to qualify for the playoffs. “We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Del Oro head coach Dave Shiro said. “Roseville is not going to be easy to work with. It always happens at the last minute in the SFL. It’s soccer. You see this stuff all the time. It’s hard to stomach sometimes, I guess.” Del Oro tied Nevada Union in a critical match last week. “Once they tied Nevada Union we knew we would control our own destiny, and that’s a position we’re happy to be in,” Depue said. “If we go out and handle our business against N.U. we’re in. We don’t have our fingers crossed. We’re in control of our own fate.” Rocklin beat visiting Granite Bay 2-1 on Monday as juniors Seth Casiple and Walter Finney scored goals for the Thunder. Whitney The Wildcats won 1-0 at Placer on Oct. 21 before taking a week off because of a bye in the schedule. Eirik Sterri scored a second-half goal against the Hillmen while Michael Swift earned an assist. Whitney is playing at Colfax today and will host Bear River in the Pioneer Valley League finale at 7 p.m. Monday. This will be Senior Night for the Wildcats. Whitney, 8-0-2 in the PVL, is tied with El Dorado (8-0-2) for first place in the PVL. Third-place Placer is 6-4-1.