Penalty kick is enough for Oakmont soccer; Del Oro is next
Nicole Holm’s penalty kick in the first half was the lone goal for Oakmont High School in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division II match against Rosemont on Thursday, and it sent the Vikings to a 1-0 victory and into the quarterfinals.
There were glimpses of scoring opportunities for both teams in the defensive battle, but the only score came after Holm was fouled near the goal. She smoked the ball into the left corner for an easy goal.
“The PK helped,” Oakmont coach Sondra Myles said. “Nicole Holm is my senior that put it in. She is nice, calm and cool. We need to take those opportunities on offense when they’re there and put them in the net.”
The rest of the match was a rough battle of defense. The key for Oakmont (6-11-1) was holding down Devlyn Jeter, who scored 14 of Rosemont’s 33 goals this season. The Vikings zoned in on Jeter.
“They have a real solid player that’s scored in circles,” Myles said. “We contained her. We also made sure we didn’t make mistakes. Our issue has been that we made one mistake all game and they capitalized on it. We did very well (Thursday).”
Oakmont will play at Sierra Foothill League champ Del Oro at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Golden Eagles (7-0-7) beat the Vikings 2-1 in a matchup early this season.
“Del Oro is a very well-coached team. They have great players,” Myles said. “We have our work cut out for us. If the girls listen and they play how they can, it’s gonna be a pretty even game.”