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Granite Bay to meet No. 1 Jesuit in Division I section soccer final

By: Brett Ransford
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A season of historic proportions continues for Granite Bay High School’s boys soccer team.

The Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal match between 2011 Division II-champion Granite Bay and Division I-champion Davis quickly went the home team’s way as the Grizzlies scored twice in the first nine minutes to beat the Blue Devils 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

Granite Bay (20-3-1), a three-time Division II section champion, advanced to its first Division I final since the program’s inception in 1999. The second-seeded Grizzlies will take on No. 1 Jesuit (26-1-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove. The sides tied 1-1 on Sept. 7.

Granite Bay beat Davis 1-0 two days before its first match against Jesuit but demoralized the Blue Devils (14-5-5) this time behind the dynamic duo of Dominic Scotti and Felipe Zegarra.

Charlie Gunn assisted Zegarra in the sixth minute, Scotti finished a penalty kick earned by J.C. Nichols in the ninth, and Zegarra ran circles around defenders until assisting Scotti in the 26th.

“We just wanted it more I guess,” Scotti said, grateful at the prospect of Granite Bay’s first Division I championship. “We’re all very excited, and we’ve got the community out supporting us. We just feel good to be going to it.”

Zegarra shared his teammate’s excitement but with a note to prepare for Jesuit.

“Jesuit is one of the best out there, and we’re up there, too, so it’s going to be a great game,” Zegarra said. “It feels amazing that we might make history.”

The Grizzlies have made plenty of school history thus far. It was the club’s first postseason win over Davis. Granite Bay lost to the Blue Devils 1-0 in the first round in 2005, and Davis went on to win three of the next seven Division I championships in five title-match appearances.

Granite Bay is 4-0-1 in its last five matches with Davis and hasn’t lost to the Blue Devils since 2008.

In nearly 15 years as the head coach, Steve Fischer is headed to his first Division I title game.

“I told these guys, ‘Even with all the great Granite Bay teams from the past, you guys have a chance to do something that no one else has had a chance to do,’ ” Fischer said. “In talking with some alumni, everybody is really excited about it.”