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Grizzles maul Hiram Johnson in playoff opener

Nine GB goals in first round DII contest
By: Staff Report
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Showing the same dominating form that carried them to a perfect 12-0 record in the Sierra Foothill League during the regular season, the Granite Bay High girls soccer team removed all doubt very early in a 9-0 thrashing of Hiram Johnson in Friday’s opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. The Grizzlies played their game and refused to give any hope to an obviously overmatched opponent. “We possessed extremely well and moved the ball with precision,” said Granite Bay coach Chris Roberts. “I was very pleased with how the girls played the style of soccer they're accustomed to playing. In a lopsided game there is always room for letdown and sloppy play.” Granite Bay used their ability to shoot from long range to open up its passing game. Senior Anne Taylor, freshman Christy Cooper and sophomore defender Chelsea Putman all had great shots from outside of 20 yards to open up the field. The scoring almost all came as the result of crossing passes into the scoring area as the Grizzlies unleashed their ball control attack for the full 80 minutes. “No player tried to take on the other team alone,” said Roberts. “They worked well together and found each other in open positions for shots.” Putman scored three goals to lead the way, as Sarah Kendall also found the net multiple times with two goals. Taylor, Erin Pellerin, Becca Cox and Cooper each had one tally. Taylor, the Grizzlies’ corner kick specialist chipped in with three assists, and Pellerin, Alexis Knudtson and Kendall each had one. The shutout went to Maria Dela Cruz in the net, and Granite Bay unveiled its defensive depth with strong performances from Christine Rowland, Kayla Karlsson, Anna Richter and Careese Little. The Grizzlies will play in the nightcap on section semifinal night Wednesday at Folsom High School. The opponent will be the winner of Friday’s game between Oak Ridge and Rosemont. A pair of familiar squads will meet in the night’s first semifinal as Roseville and Rocklin of the SFL will face off one more time.