Woodcreek boys soccer still playoff-bound after loss to Del Oro

By: Brett Ransford Press Tribune Correspondent
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The playoff-bound Woodcreek boys’ soccer team lost their final league game in a 1-0 second half decision to Del Oro on Wednesday night. Del Oro took the slim advantage with a goal in the 52nd minute and ended their season with a win, which is only their second of the season. The Timberwolves didn’t need the win, but coach Chris Branson said his team needs to curb their most recent trend of scoring less goals. Since the Oct. 12 beginning to the second half of Sierra Foothill League play the Timberwolves scored one or fewer goals in three of five games. They lost two of those — 4-0 to Granite Bay and 1-0 to Del Oro — and a 1-1 tie to Nevada Union. Granite Bay was arguably a lock for SFL championship after beating Woodcreek 4-0, but it was unclear whether Woodcreek would even make the playoffs after the loss. Both teams are headed to the postseason, but the first match resulted in a 1-1 tie and the second a blowout. Branson said it was not a trend he’d like to see carry into the postseason. “Obviously we’re not going to win games if we don’t score. We need to find ways to put the ball into the back of the net. We’ve got to refocus, we’re going to pull some kids up from the JV team and we’re going to step it up,” said Branson. The California Interscholastic Federation posted boys’ soccer playoff brackets on Wednesday. Nevada Union (3-5-2) squeaked into the third SFL spot and will play Bella Vista, the No.1 team from the Capital Valley Conference and a likely second round opponent. Granite Bay will face the winner of a face-off between the two No. 3 teams from the CVC and Metro League. Woodcreek has positioned itself for a match against the Metro league No. 2, which as of Wednesday was yet to be determined between Kennedy and Burbank. “The boys are excited for the position we’re in heading into playoffs,” said Branson. “We’re going to go in ready to play and take on whoever we get.”