Tigers beat Lions in overtime

Roseville moves on to section soccer semifinals
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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After pounding on the door for the better part of 90 minutes, the Roseville High girls soccer team finally kicked it in, scoring late in the first overtime session to take a 1-0 win on the road at McClatchy in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs Friday. The Tigers dodged a bullet 32 minutes into the first half when a McClatchy free kick from just outside the 18-yard box sailed over the top of the goal. That foul came on the end of a Lion counterattacking run, as the counterattack was McClatchy’s only real offensive weapon on the day. Roseville controlled the pace of play throughout the contest and experienced the brunt of the Lions’ frustration, as McClatchy got more and more physical as the contest wore on. The Tigers did a nice job of moving up the field and also dropping the ball to switch the field by using their defenders. The officials seemed willing to let the girls play, and as a result two seemingly flagrant takedowns committed against the Tigers inside the McClatchy penalty area were allowed to slide without a hint of a whistle. One came late in the first half and the other midway through the second stanza. A flurry of activity in front of the Lion keeper early in the second half and another about 30 minutes in had the Tigers on the doorstep, but Roseville was unable to finish, as the game remained scoreless. On one Megan Looper scoring attempt, a ball that was beyond the goalie bounced neatly off the post and back into the field of play. Elli Tremblay, Kelsey Decarlo, Amanda Ellsworth and Shea Peters were all but impenetrable on the Tigers’ back line and the Roseville defenders spent much of their time moving forward and punching balls back into the danger zone. Even with a near complete control of the run of play, the Tigers were unable to gain the advantage on the scoreboard through 80 minutes of regulation play. In addition to the fine play of the Tiger defense, Bianca Guzman, Kayla Granley and Adrianne Bates were strong in the midfield for Pablo Gutierrez’ Roseville squad. Eight minutes into overtime, Kelsey Roland played a perfectly placed through-ball beyond the reach of the Lion defenders, allowing Looper a free run at the goal, and the senior striker did not miss, providing the goal that moves Roseville into a section semifinal against Rocklin Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Folsom High School. Rocklin - a team the Tigers are 1-0-1 against this season - and Roseville will both be looking to reach the section finals where a possible final shot at league champion Granite Bay could await. The Grizzlies will play Oak Ridge in Wednesday night’s semifinal nightcap at 8 p.m.