Roseville’s new look wears well in opener

Tigers open season with impressive victory over Sheldon
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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With a new-look roster, the Roseville High varsity boys soccer team, took to the pitch Monday night to get things going on a fresh start. Coming off a disappointing 2008 campaign, the Tigers got the new season started with a 4-1 home win over Sheldon. “It was a good game for both teams,” said Roseville coach Pablo Gutierrez. “You could see the need to improve in all aspects of the game.” The Huskies scored first, taking advantage of miscommunication in the Roseville defense, to score in the 20th minute. Though dominating the flow of play at the time, the Tigers found themselves trailing 1-0. Five minutes later, the mood changed as Roseville got the equalizer and never looked back. Freshman Mauro Proo took on a Sheldon defender and fed teammate Darryll Brown. Brown was unable to convert, but Proo, continuing to the far post on the play, was able to finish for the Tigers. Restarts and set plays became primary scoring chances for Roseville after intermission, as the Tigers tallied three times after the break to run away with the contest. A Roberto Vazquez free kick from 35 yards out found the back of the net when the Sheldon goalkeeper lost it behind the Roseville attackers attempting to connect for a header. Bijan Razvan scored the third Roseville goal, from the back post as he finished a Martin Ruelas corner kick. The final score came directly from a throw-in when Justin Cross volleyed home a Dylan Rogo toss to set the final margin with 10 minutes left to play. “Our defense did a pretty good job,” Gutierrez said. “Giovanni Reader and Mikha Hayes did an outstanding job and Joshua Pulver made two excellent diving saves.” The Tigers host Lincoln at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a game moved to the Roseville pitch due to field availability issues in Lincoln.