Woodcreek soccer rolls into second-round match at Jesuit

After dispatching Kennedy, Timberwolves to face top-ranked team in state
By: Robbie Enos
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Woodcreek High School got out on the right foot Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over visiting Kennedy 2-1 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I soccer playoffs.

Goals by Christopher Debelle in the first half and Brendan Allen in the second half put the Timberwolves (9-6-1) on top. The defense shined as well, holding Kennedy scoreless until the 77th minute.

“It’s the simple things we’ve been working on,” Woodcreek head coach Cory Clonce said. “It’s trying to play team defense, trying to keep our shape and be disciplined. They played really well.”

In just the second minute, Debelle found a loose ball within striking distance and lofted the ball over the top of the Kennedy goalie for the first goal.

The quick sophomore Allen attacked down the left side the entire game and had several opportunities that just missed. He eventually found an opening in the 72nd minute and unleashed a shot that curved inside the left upright.

“I just cut inside and had a shot,” Allen said. “You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”

Said Clonce, “We just started getting the ball off our foot a little faster. I didn’t like the fact that we were holding onto the ball too long. Once we started pinging the ball a little bit, those things open up for us.”

Woodcreek’s win set up a second-round match at top-seeded Jesuit on Thursday. The Marauders (24-1-1), ranked No. 1 in the state by, romped over Vallejo 12-1 on Tuesday, but Clonce feels well-rounded Woodcreek will prove to be a difficult opponent.

“Jesuit is a big task,” Clonce said. “It’s 11 players, 15 coming off the bench. They’re just all-around good. It’s all about just being prepared, playing our game and seeing what happens.”

Also on Tuesday, second-seeded Granite Bay (19-3-1) blanked No. 15 Monterey Trail (10-11) 3-0 on goals by Jeff Gaebler, Dominic Scotti and Felipe Zegarra. The Grizzlies will play host to Tracy-West on Thursday.