Jesuit rolls over Granite Bay for Division I section soccer crownBy: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
ELK GROVE — Granite Bay High School had nothing for mighty Jesuit on Saturday. No one has had anything for Jesuit all season.
The Marauders (27-1-1), ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 in the nation by www.maxpreps.com, scored two goals in the first 7½ minutes of Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship match, added one more before halftime and scored twice more in four minutes early in the second half for a dominating 5-0 victory over the Grizzlies (20-4-1) at Cosumnes Oaks.
Jesuit outscored its opponents 120-8 this season en route to its 10th section banner. Granite Bay’s Dominic Scotti hit the post in the final minutes, but the ball ricocheted out in front of the goal and the Marauders completed their 24th shutout in 29 matches.
“Jesuit was on and we weren’t,” said head coach Steve Fischer, whose Grizzlies tied the Marauders 1-1 on Sept. 7. “They were all over us from the start.”
Granite Bay overcame the early season loss of brothers Tanner and Tommy Thompson to ankle and knee injuries to win another Sierra Foothill League championship. In the absence of the Grizzlies’ top two scorers, up stepped juniors Felipe Zegarra and Scotti. Zegarra had 17 goals and six assists this season, Scotti 16 goals and nine assists. They combined for 15 goals and seven assists in 2011.
Seniors Daniel Sedin and Charlie Gunn, backups last season, played “about 96 percent of the minutes this fall,” according to Fischer, solidified the defense and supported goalkeepers Andrew Erbland (11 shutouts) and Daniel Bohnett (two).
“We had to regroup, and guys stepped up and said, ‘I have to give 10 percent more,’” Fischer said. “The thing I enjoyed most, when we stepped between the lines, we played pretty hard.”
Scotti and Zegarra will be seasoned veterans next fall, and they’ll be needed. Tanner Thompson is a senior and heading to Indiana University. Tommy Thompson is a junior but will graduate in June, a year early, and join his brother at Indiana.