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.

“It was hard to judge it and back up at the same time,” Goodwin said of Woodcreek’s goal. “I should have turned and ran.”

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

 “Soccer in the SFL, with the way we stack up, there’s no huge difference between teams,” said Rocklin head coach Paul Morrison, unaware at the time that Granite Bay had lost to Del Oro. “The SFL’s a tough league. We overlooked (Woodcreek) today. They got a good shot on us and it went in and we couldn’t get it back.”

With the SFL championship now in their possession, the Thunder were able to 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 soccer into Division I had been changed because of enrollment. Granite Bay will play in Division I.

Steward later said the Thunder should get at least one home game during the playoffs.

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 scheduled last Monday.