Woodcreek tops Granite Bay on penalty kicks

Timberwolves earn No. 2 seed from SFL for Division II playoffs
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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LOOMIS ? The journey to determine Sierra Foothill League seeding in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls soccer playoffs took longer than Woodcreek and Granite Bay would have liked.

In a one-game playoff at a neutral site ? Del Oro?s football stadium ? Friday, the Timberwolves outlasted the Grizzlies 3-2 through more than 80 minutes of regulation play, two 10-minute overtimes and a round of penalty kicks.

One game after tying Del Oro 1-1, and missing their chance at an SFL co-title, Woodcreek secured its home field against Kennedy in the first round, while the Grizzlies will play at Bella Vista.

Woodcreek goalkeeper Alyssa Rushing was the difference maker when it counted, stopping two of Granite Bay's three penalty kicks, while the Timberwolves to make all four of their shots. Rachel Dortch, Erien Matsueda, Mikayla Martig and Lauren Hayano were flawless in their penalty kicks.

?It feels good. I did it for the team. I sucked during the game so I knew I had to make it up during the PKs,? Rushing said. ?We?ll actually have fans and definitely feel more comfortable playing at home rather than somewhere else.?

Granite Bay led 1-0 on a goal by Jessie Myers in the 12th minute. Woodcreek defensive captain Emily Chalfant evened it in the 22nd. Marissa Griffin put Woodcreek up in the 70th, and Dorien Johnk had a match-saving header in the 77th.

Johnk said losing home field in the playoffs wasn?t a major concern for Granite Bay.

?We have the same mentality no matter where we play, and we don?t back down to other teams,? Johnk said. ?We lost, but we?re still in sections.?