Soccer powers Granite Bay, Jesuit tie 1-1

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay and Jesuit high schools have often found themselves among the best boys soccer teams in the Sacramento area, and on Friday night, one just couldn’t outdo the other.

The sides tied 1-1 at Capital Christian.

Both played airtight defense, and outside of three minutes in the second half, neither could draw blood. Jeff Gaebler scored for Granite Bay in the 46th minute after receiving a deep crossing pass and sending it into the back of the net. It was the first goal allowed this season by Jesuit (6-0-1).

“We’re trying to work the forwards to running squared as opposed to throughs and diagonals,” Grizzlies head coach Steve Fischer said. “Jeff ran a nice square there. We just laid it onto him, and he finished it really well.”

Tucker Bone responded for Jesuit three minutes later. It was the only tarnish for Granite Bay keeper Andrew Erbland, who swallowed several good scoring chances for the Marauders. Erbland made a slick diving save on a corner kick in the second half and stuffed an open attempt by Kyle Clark.

“I just wanted to win, not let any goals in,” Erbland said. “There was a lot of communicating. Make sure everyone knows what they’re doing; make sure everyone is marked up with their man.”

Granite Bay’s offense suffered a blow late in the first half when key forward Tommy Thompson went down with a knee injury. He didn’t return.

Granite Bay is 5-2-1 this season, its two losses against San Rafael-Terra Linda and Santa Rosa-Maria Carrillo. The Grizzlies earned a huge victory Wednesday, 1-0 over perennial powerhouse Davis (4-2-1) on a goal by Thompson.

“We are a gritty, hard-nosed team,” Fischer said. “We play with our heart; we play with our soul. The thing about Granite Bay is that we play hard all the time. If you get between those white lines, bring it on.”