Bowman calls it: Woodcreek pulls upset

By: Tom Kellar Press-Tribune sports editor
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Woodcreek High School girls’ soccer coach Mark Bowman had made a seemingly bold prediction when he declared that his squad would beat Oakmont in a rematch following a 5-0 home-loss thumping at the hands of the Lady Vikings April 4. On Wednesday Bowman’s words seemed prophetic after watching his team take down Oakmont, blanking its highly rated offense 3-0. “The first game was not us, not the way we play,” Bowman said. “We did it to Granite Bay last week, now it’s Oakmont and hopefully we’ll win against Rocklin as well.” Oakmont dominated play in the early going, but could not capitalize on any of its opportunities, being whistled for off sides infractions four times. Woodcreek slowly began working its way into the game, taking the momentum away from Oakmont with approximately 10 minutes left in the first half. Near the end of the half, the T-wolves’ Johnna Franks broke the 0-0 deadlock when a Woodcreek shot bounced off the Oakmont goal keeper and was kicked back in by Franks. The Lady T-wolves struck again early in the second half when Franks recorded her second goal of the game off a picture-perfect assist from Kirsten Atwood. Woodcreek continued to control play, eventually putting the final dagger into the hopes of an Oakmont comeback when midfielder Casy McWhirk made a dazzling shot from approximately 35 yards out that sailed just beyond the fingertips of the Oakmont goalkeeper for the final score of the game. Coming into Wednesday’s match-up, Oakmont had scored more goals than any other Sierra Foothill League team, but Bowman’s defense stepped up, derailing the Lady Vikings’ express. “This time our defense was really focused and really ready,” Bowman said. “We felt like the 0-5 loss to them (Oakmont) wasn’t justified and our girls wanted payback, big time.” Woodcreek defender Kimberly Ferrer was particularly active for the Lady T-wolves, helping break up numerous Oakmont advances on the Woodcreek goal. “It’s pretty exciting,” Ferrer said. “We stuck together and worked as a team.” On the other side, Oakmont coach Sondra Myles knows that for her team will need help in securing a playoff berth. Oakmont has a bye on Friday and will be hoping that Roseville either ties or loses its final game. “That’s not how we wanted to end our league play,” Myles said. “They played good defense, but unfortunately we just couldn’t put the ball into the net.”