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Woodcreek does just enough to tip Roseville in soccer

T-wolves to meet Granite Bay in Friday rematch for first place in SFL
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Woodcreek High School defeated host Roseville 2-1 on Wednesday in its final test before taking on Sierra Foothill League co-leader Granite Bay on Friday.

Nick Poon’s goal in the 58th minute propelled the Timberwolves (7-5-4 overall, 5-0-1 SFL) to their sixth win in seven games, the glitch during that streak a 1-1 tie with Granite Bay.

The Grizzlies (14-3-3, 5-0-1) received two goals from Tanner Thompson in a 4-1 victory over Nevada Union on Wednesday.

Granite Bay plays at Woodcreek at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Roseville (3-8-4, 1-5) looked like the stronger offensive team in the first 30 minutes. The Tigers had several crosses and free kicks, which created opportunities on goal, but couldn’t strike shots on frame.

Miguel Lopez gave Woodcreek its first lead in the 34th minute with the first of two rebound goals, one by each side. Nolan Bender banged one off the right-side post, off a defender’s head and to Lopez, who was in position for the only goal in the first half.

Roseville evened the score in the 47th minute. Mauro Proo, who limped off the field shortly after the restart, rebounded a strike with a low shot past the far-side defense to goalkeeper Mitchell Brill’s right.

The only sure goal was Poon’s winner. Derek Straker made an eye-level cross from the right side, and Poon cleaned up the ball, which skipped through the Roseville defense.

“We’re doing just enough,” Timberwolves coach Chris Branson said. “We’re just finding ways to get one more than our opponent. That’s not the way I like to play, but we’re certainly going forward from here.”

Roseville has scored one goal or fewer in each of four consecutive losses.
“We came to get this win,” Tigers coach Pablo Gutierrez said. “We controlled the game but made one sloppy mistake and another soft defensive play, and we were rushing under pressure.”

Roseville plays at Rocklin at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Thunder (5-9-3, 1-4-1) and Del Oro (2-8-3, 1-4-1) played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday.