Woodcreek falls short of SFL title but qualifies for girls soccer playoffs
LOOMIS — A tie can be just as emotional as a loss.
Del Oro High School kept Woodcreek scoreless in the second half and held onto a 1-1 tie to win the Sierra Foothill League girls soccer title Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves had a lead, lost a lead and couldn’t regain a lead in the hotbed that is the Del Oro home-field advantage.
The good news for Woodcreek was that it qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. According to the bylaws, the Timberwolves and Granite Bay, tied for second in the SFL in points, will have to play to determine the league’s Nos. 2 and 3 seeds for the playoffs, which begin May 15. Woodcreek and Granite Bay will meet at 4 p.m. Friday at Del Oro.
All the scoring came in the first half as the Timberwolves (10-2-7 overall, 4-1-5 SFL) and Golden Eagles (7-0-7, 4-0-6) tied for the second time in two meetings.
Woodcreek senior Lauren Hayano banged in a goal — her team-leading eighth this season — in the 11th minute. Del Oro evened the score before halftime.
Hayano and her teammates weren’t happy with the outcome in their regular-season finale.
“It’s bittersweet right now,” Hayano said. “This season has been one of the best in my four years. We never made playoffs until now, but hopefully when the time comes, we’ll make it to the end and hopefully we’ll see Del Oro in the finals and beat them.”
Woodcreek coach Mark Bowman reiterated Hayano’s hope.
“We just couldn’t get our stuff together after they scored,” he said. “They got their banner and we didn’t lose, so we’re looking at it that way. Hopefully, we see them again and take care of business then because I’m sure it will be two SFL teams in the final.”
Granite Bay 3, Roseville 2 — Senior Avery Hutchinson, junior Sarah Giddings and sophomore Julia Beck scored for the Grizzlies on Senior Night.
Del Oro 4-0-6 (7-0-7 overall), Woodcreek 4-1-5 (10-2-7), Granite Bay 5-3-2 (8-4-3), Roseville 3-3-3 (14-3-3), Rocklin 3-3-4 (12-5-4), Nevada Union 0-9-0 (1-11-1).