Thunder close first half at 4-2 in boys soccer

Wildcats top Colfax to stay ahead of El Dorado
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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The top three Sierra Foothill League boys soccer teams will qualify for the playoffs this season and the Thunder are on pace to reach the postseason at the midway point of league play. Rocklin won 2-1 at Nevada Union (1-4-1 in the SFL) on Tuesday to finish the first half of league play 4-2. Granite Bay leads the SFL at 6-0 while Roseville (3-2-1), Del Oro (3-2-1) and Oakmont (2-3-1) are the other contenders for one of the playoff positions. Woodcreek is 0-6. Rocklin coach Grant Depue knows his team must remain focused in the second half, especially against teams it blew out in the first half. Rocklin (13-4-1 overall) beat Woodcreek 4-0, Oakmont 5-0 and Roseville 5-2. “We can’t be lackadaisical – ‘we beat this team 5-0 or something’ – the other coaches will adjust and do different things with us,” Depue said. The Thunder will open the second half at Woodcreek at 7 p.m. Thursday and host Granite Bay at 7 p.m. next Tuesday. Rocklin lost to visiting Del Oro 3-2 on Oct. 1. Del Oro’s Casey Meuser scored from long range just one minute into the match and Rocklin’s Noe Romero tied the score about eight minutes later. The rest of the half was physical but scoreless. The Eagles Kolby Mitnick took advantage of an opportunity and scored five minutes into the second half to put his team up 2-1. He scored again with about eight minutes left in the match to make it 3-1. Rocklin’s Chris Streeter scored on a header to set the final score with about two minutes left. “We haven’t played down very often,” Rocklin coach Grant Depue said. “We were impatient, very impatient. “ Whitney The Wildcats (6-2-2 overall, 4-0-1 in the Pioneer Valley League) beat visiting Colfax 3-0 on Monday to stay atop the PVL standings. The Wildcats led 2-0 at the half and added another goal in the second half against the Falcons. TJ Papenfuss, Michael Swift and Eirik Sterri each scored for the Wildcats while Eddie Arreola had all three assists. All four players are juniors. Whitney will play at Bear River at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to close the first half of the league season. The Wildcats will open the second half of league play against visiting Lincoln (0-4-1) at 3:30 p.m. next Monday. Whitney will play at El Dorado (4-0-2) at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday.