Granite Bay wins Division II section girls soccer title
ELK GROVE — Brigid Lummis scored the only goal, and goalkeeper Maria Dela Cruz recorded another shutout, making several big saves along the way, as Granite Bay High School defeated Rocklin 1-0 on Saturday to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls soccer championship at Cosumnes Oaks High School.
Kayla Karlsson, who clogged the middle of the Grizzlies’ defense, put a kick on the goal that team captain Christy Cooper flicked it toward the Rocklin keeper, who turned the shot aside. Lummis was there to put the ball into the net to give Granite Bay a lead in the first half, and the Grizzlies went on to win their first section title in nine years.
“Brigid was the Johnny on the spot, or the Brigid on the spot in this case, and she put it home,” Granite Bay coach Chris Roberts said.
It was the first section crown for Roberts, who is stepping down as coach to take a job as an assistant principal at a school in Grass Valley.
“The last time they were here, they won it,” he said. “We’ve been to the semis a bunch. Amazing.”
Roseville 5, Woodcreek 1 — Dalton Blaser scattered six hits and escaped several jams as the Tigers beat the Timberwolves in the opener of their best-of-three series in the Division II section semifinals at Sacramento City College.
Game two is at 4 p.m. Tuesday with game three to follow if necessary.
Woodcreek left the bases loaded in the top of the second and third innings. The Timberwolves also stranded a runner at third in the fourth and fifth.
Blaser walked four and struck out five.
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