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Tigers right there, can't quite top Bella Vista

Roseville drops tight 1-0 decision
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A solid effort allowed the Roseville High boys varsity soccer team to hang around and make life interesting for a very strong Bella Vista squad Tuesday afternoon, but the Broncos did just enough to earn a 1-0 win. The Tigers slugged it out toe-to-toe with Bella Vista throughout a very evenly contested opening half, but one fantastic effort by Bronco senior Kasey Cox provided the game’s only tally 20 minutes into the game. Cox worked his way through the Roseville defense, and found an angle before pounding a left-footed shot to the far post. Roseville’s back line was tested regularly by the speed and ball control of the Broncos’ attackers. Bella Vista’s runs into the scoring area were more frequent in the second half, when the Tigers reverted to more of a scrambling mode, trying to fend off the Broncos and work forward on counterattacks. Led by sweeper Giovanni Reader and the aggressive play of goalkeeper Josh Pulver, Roseville repelled every threat, with the exception of the Cox effort that broke its back. “Bella Vista has a good team with no weaknesses,” said Roseville coach Pablo Gutierrez.” It was a good test for our players. The key thing is to keep on working to see if we can destroy those bad habits.” Roseville’s Tanner Roland began the game on defense, but moved forward following the Bella Vista goal. He was a force all over the field, strong on the ball with good decision-making skills. Alex Both was also solid in the Roseville midfield. Roseville was back in action Wednesday when Natomas came to town. The Tigers will participate in the Del Campo tournament at Cherry Island Soccer Complex Friday and Saturday.