Woodcreek still in, Granite Bay out of Division II girls soccer playoffs

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School defeated Kennedy 3-1 and Granite Bay lost to Bella Vista 2-1 in Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls soccer quarterfinal matches Tuesday.

The Timberwolves (11-2-7) trailed visiting Kennedy 1-0 at halftime, but seniors Marissa Griffin and Kristin Womack and sophomore Erien Matsueda scored in the second half as Woodcreek moved into the semifinals Thursday at Bella Vista.

“As soon as we buried one, it was game on,” Timberwolves coach Mark Bowman said.

Kennedy (15-2-3) played a portion of the second half down one player following a red card.

The semifinal will be a rematch of Woodcreek’s season opener, won by the Timberwolves 2-0, after host Bella Vista (11-4-3) held off Granite Bay (8-5-3).

Senior Kayla Karlsson pulled the Grizzlies within 2-1 with about 14 minutes remaining, but Granite Bay couldn’t score the equalizer. A Broncos defender blocked one shot with her foot.

“We moved as many players forward as we could,” Granite Bay coach Mark Broers said. “We took a lot of risks, and it almost paid off. Credit to their defense for sure.”

Last year, the Grizzlies defeated Bella Vista on penalty kicks in a semifinal on their way to winning the Division II section crown.