Woodcreek ties Rocklin 1-1 but Thunder claims SFL title

Granite Bay falls to Del Oro
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Senior night may have been too much of a distraction for the Rocklin High girls soccer team to break a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Woodcreek Thursday night but Granite Bay’s 2-1 loss at Del Oro that same night sealed the Thunder’s claim to the Sierra Foothill League title.

After honoring seniors Shannon Garvella, Lydia Summers, Bailey Chess, Taylor O’Rourke, Melanie Mabry, Jessica Miller, Emily Rau and Michelle Tran, Rocklin went on the attack from the opening whistle. The Thunder had six shots on goal and scored on the seventh before the Timberwolves could get off a shot.

Lindsay Erl took a pass from Laura Purdy and put a head shot into the net at the 18:30 mark of the first period. It appeared at that point it would only be a matter of how many points the girls in blue would score but it wouldn’t turn out that way.

Woodcreek’s Erien Matsueda came back no more than a minute later to fire off a 35-yard kick that virtually floated over the outstretched fingers of Thunder goalkeeper Jamie Goodwin and settled into the net. That shot concluded the scoring for the night.

The tie could have presented a problem for Rocklin concerning its final game against Granite Bay Monday. But the Grizzlies (5-3-1) made life easier by losing to Del Oro. Rocklin’s standoff with Woodcreek actually proved to be the league winner.

Thunder head coach Paul Morrison expressed some concern about Monday’s game against Granite Bay having to play on the Grizzly’s smaller field. He said that would tend to negate his team’s speed advantage, which played a role in Rocklin’s only league loss and that was to the girls in green, 1-0 April 11.

With the SFL championship now in their possession, the Thunder can use the Granite Bay game as a warm up for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Playoffs. Rocklin Athletic Director Davis Stewart said the section's ruling putting Rocklin into Division I had been changed because of enrollment. Granite Bay will play in Division I.

Del Oro or Roseville could be the third SFL team to make it into the playoffs depending on the outcome of their matchup on the Golden Eagles’ field Monday 7 p.m.

 Read more in the May 2 edition of the Placer Herald