Tigers clinch postseason spot with win over Woodcreek

Roland leads Roseville again
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Combined with a Del Oro tie at Nevada Union, the Roseville High soccer team’s 3-1 win over Woodcreek Thursday all but clinched one of the three Sierra Foothill League playoff spots for the Tigers. “I think we're in pretty good shape but I'm not the kind of guy who likes to celebrate until there are no doubts,” said Roseville coach Pablo Gutierrez. The Tigers did all of the scoring they would need during a three-minute stretch to close out the first 10 minutes of the game. A great cross from Tanner Roland found Bijan Razvan seven minutes in, and the outside midfielder needed two swings at it to finish at the back post. Roland did it himself three minutes later, breaking down the Woodcreek defense before finishing to put the Tigers up 2-0. Roseville controlled the ball for most of the first half, moving it easily and confidently through the Timberwolves defense as Roland, Alex Both, Darrell Brown and Giovanni Reader combined for some strong midfield and forward play. Woodcreek came out with renewed energy after the break, with Bobby Reeves and Matt Glasgo pushed up into the attack to aid the Timberwolves in getting forward. Greg Holman manned the back line and had a solid game for Woodcreek. In the 47th minute, the Timberwolves halved the Roseville advantage on a goal by one of their goalkeepers. Pushed up into the attack, Wade Brill headed home a Reeves crossing pass to provide Woodcreek’s lone goal. “We allowed Woodcreek to develop confidence and they took advantage of it,” Gutierrez said. The Tigers got things corrected and found new energy with Roland continuing to put pressure on the Woodcreek defenders. In the 58th minute, a Razvan corner kick curled to the crossbar, as Woodcreek goalie Kyle Corbett tried to play it clear only to see it rebound into play five yards out. Joel Arreola was on the spot to clean up, sending the ball between the posts to extend the advantage to 3-1 and solidify Roseville’s position. Woodcreek (2-8 in the SFL) finishes its season with road games next week at Granite Bay (9-1) and Oakmont (3-6-1) and Roseville (7-3-1) closes out the regular season at home against Del Oro (5-3-2) Thursday before moving on to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. That Thursday game will likely play a role in determining if Roseville finishes in second or third place in the final league standings, as Rocklin and Del Oro are both hoping to slip in to the other postseason opening.