Oakmont works overtime for victory in soccer playoffs

Vikings will play SFL champ Rocklin in next round
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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It took more than 90 minutes to get there, with intense moments along the way, but finally, Kayla Powers’ goal boosted Oakmont High School over Rosemont 1-0 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II outbracket game Thursday night.

The Vikings couldn’t do it in 80 minutes of regulation, and it wasn’t quite there in the first 10-minute overtime. But the second 10-minute session was golden for Oakmont, which hasn’t been in the playoffs in four seasons.

Oakmont earned the third seed from the Capital Valley Conference with a 7-3 record, trailing co-champs Christian Brothers and Bella Vista (each 7-2-1).

The Vikings (7-9 overall) hadn’t won a game outside of conference until beating Rosemont (13-5-2), the No. 3 seed from the Metro League.

Oakmont dominated, playing most of the match in Rosemont’s half of the field. The Vikings took shot after shot in the second half but couldn’t score.

“We were frustrated, but one of the things we try to work on is to stay composed and don’t get frustrated and play good soccer and don’t get into the anxiousness of it,” Oakmont coach Sondra Myles said. “We’ve got great chemistry. Every single player on this team loves each other like sisters, and I haven’t had that in years. It’s absolutely pulled us through some of the toughest things. Kayla Powers, she’s just amazing. She stays composed. She was frustrated, but she pulled it together.”

About 4½ minutes into the second overtime, Jena Tague sent a cross from the right side of the goal. Powers read the pass and knocked in a shot with her right heel that was out of reach of the Rosemont keeper. It was her team-high 12th goal this season. Oakmont held on for five more minutes to take the win.

“We knew we were going to get it eventually, and we knew we didn’t want to go into (penalty kicks),” Myles said.

Oakmont will play at Sierra Foothill League champion Rocklin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Thunder (15-3-2, 7-1-2 SFL) hasn’t lost since falling to Roseville 1-0 on April 15.

“They took first in the SFL, which is a tough league,” Myles said. “We were always middle of the pack in the SFL, and they were always top. I know that they have great talent. … Bring it on. We like being the underdogs. That’s what we want to do. That’s why we work so hard all season, to make it to the playoffs.”