Granite Bay latest SFL victim of Bella Vista

Broncos now own wins over four SFL teams
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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When it drew up its non-league soccer schedule for the 2009 season, the Bella Vista High boys soccer team must have wanted to see how it would do if moved to the Sierra Foothill League. The Broncos played their fifth game against an SFL foe Friday when they knocked off defending league and section Granite Bay 2-1 on the Grizzlies’ home turf. The win makes Division III Bella Vista 4-0-1 against teams from the Division II power league as it prepares to move with most of the Capital Athletic League to D-II status next season. Oakmont, the only team in that run the Broncos did not beat, will be joining Bella Vista in that new look CAL in 2010. The senior-laden Broncos scored first, just 15 minutes in, as Lysander Graves found the back of the net on the end of a strong individual run through the Granite Bay defense. That was the first of three goals in a four-minute stretch that gave this contest the look of a high-scoring affair. As it turned out, that would be the only scoring in the match. The Grizzlies had an answer almost immediately, as Kendall Modiste scored on a pullback and shot after a Connor Hallisey cross. Bella Vista came right back, as leading scorer Kasey Cox beat the Granite Bay defense again at the 19-minute mark. Goalie Jeff Mann had no chance against these strikes deep in his penalty area and made several other excellent stops to keep the Grizzlies within striking distance. After taking the lead, the Broncos made a position switch, matching up the physical Cox as a defender on Hallisey to keep him from scoring the equalizer. This time there was no late game magic for Granite Bay as it lost for the first time this season. Next up is a visit to Del Oro at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to open Sierra Foothill League play.