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Spoiler Timberwolves can't hold off Del Oro

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Trying to keep alive its modest two-game winning streak and continue in the SFL spoiler role, the Woodcreek High soccer team gave Del Oro all it could handle Tuesday. Woodcreek was the aggressor at the offensive end for most of the contest and particularly in the opening half, and it was the Timberwolves that scored the first goal, in the 25th minute. A misplayed corner kick turned out to be just what Woodcreek needed, as Greg Holman recovered the ball and sent it on frame, where Jorge Garcia cleaned up and scored from just in front of the goal. ?They pressed us hard and had the ball in our half for uncomfortable periods of time,? said Del Oro coach Dave Shiro. ?(Goalkeeper) Alec (Lyons) kept us in the game with a couple of saves to keep the bleeding at one. We played without luster for lots of the game.? The advantage held up for most of the second half as well, as Woodcreek battled at the defensive end to preserve a slim margin. ?We played strong defense in the second half until we gave up one to many corner kicks and DO tied the score 1-1 with 15 minutes to play,? said Woodcreek coach Chris Branson. ?Del Oro also missed several prime chances as the game continued.? Casey Meuser scored both goals for Del Oro, the first as the finisher on a corner kick, and the second when the talented midfielder was allowed too much of a look at the goal in the middle of the field. Woodcreek goalkeeper Kyle Corbett was outstanding once again, with Matt Glasgo and Bobby Reeves manning the defense in front of him and Dustin Dematteo doing a nice job in the Woodcreek midfield. ?It was a win, but not the performance we were hoping for,? Shiro said. The win is critical as it keeps the Golden Eagles in third place in the SFL, with just three teams in line to make the section playoffs. Del Oro (5-3-1 in league play) now trails Roseville (6-3-1) by just three points and leads Rocklin (5-4) by just one. After visiting Nevada Union (1-7-1) Thursday, Del Oro will puts its postseason hopes on the line when it faces those two teams next week to close out the regular season. Woodcreek (2-7) returns to its spoiler role when Roseville comes calling at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.