Unbeaten Roseville wraps up nonleague soccer blitz

Tigers visit Woodcreek in SFL opener Wednesday night
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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There’s no better way to enter Sierra Foothill League play than how Roseville High School’s girls soccer team has done it.

The Tigers defeated Antelope 4-1 on Monday night at Hanson Field to run their perfect record to 11-0. Paige Crouch, the 2011 co-MVP in the SFL, went for two goals and an assist to run her season totals to 20 and 13.

The Tigers have been scored on twice this season. Monday’s total ran Roseville’s differential to 47-2.

“We still don’t know how good we are until we meet the games in our league, and all of those teams played a stronger preseason than we did,” Roseville coach Pablo Gutierrez said. “We have a lot of excitement to get playing, though.”

Roseville opens SFL play under the lights tonight at Woodcreek (5-1-2). Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

After winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship in 2010, the Tigers exited in the first round last year with a 3-2 loss to Bella Vista.

Gutierrez graduated nine seniors last season but returned 10, including captains Crouch and defenseman Amanda Susbilla.

Both have played with varsity the past three years. Crouch is a junior and Susbilla a senior who was called up to varsity for the playoffs as a freshman. Gutierrez said he’ll rely on those two, among others, to anchor opposite ends of the field.

“I think we are going to go undefeated,” Crouch said. “Last year, we had a bit of drama on the team and just didn’t click. This year, we have the chemistry. We want to prove ourselves again, and all our underclassmen bring that fight we need.”

There are six sophomores on the team. Forward Carlie Reader, the only freshman, is second on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists.

Returning junior midfielder Chanisse Hendrix and sophomore forward Marissa Stone each scored her fourth goal against Antelope. Susbilla also has four goals.

Regardless of whether the scoring bonanza keeps up in the SFL, Roseville’s defense will be tasked with calming some of the area’s most talented scorers.

Senior Kara Erickson and juniors Lauren Stafford and Sabrina Guzman returned. Along with Susbilla, the four will be Gutierrez’s back line most of the season.

After giving up just their second goal, on top of a 3-0 lead late against Antelope, the Tigers’ defensive anchor said they were ready for league and whatever else comes.

“We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we help each other out,” Susbilla said. “We mesh together, we’re constantly talking, and for better or worse we’re always there for each other.”