Big second half lifts Granite Bay over Woodcreek in SFL soccer

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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One streak continued and another ended as Granite Bay High School’s boys soccer team dropped host Woodcreek 2-0 on Thursday afternoon.
The grass is tall and slow on the Woodcreek pitch, and so was the sta
rt of the Sierra Foothill League match, neither team with more than two shots through 40 minutes, but that was all wiped away with a successful second half by the Grizzlies.

On top of firing six shots inside the first 25 minutes, Granite Bay’s aggressive play earned six fouls in the first 12 minutes.

Matthew Fisher rewarded his team’s turnaround with a curving effort from 18 yards out past diving goalkeeper Mitchell Brill, putting Granite Bay up 1-0 in the 55th minute.

Playing frustrated, Woodcreek earned two yellow cards — in the 37th minute to Derek Straker and in the 61st to Lukas Wehner.

Granite Bay’s Zach Vane provided the dagger with a brilliant cross to Dominic Scotti, who finished the marker in the 73rd.

“We didn’t come out all that hard and the pitch didn’t help us much, but we made the breakthroughs in the second half and guys stepped up,” Scotti said.

Stepping up in the second half will need to repeat itself when the Grizzlies welcome the Timberwolves on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

“There’s going to be yellows in every game in the SFL. Every game is going to be tough,” Straker said. “I thought this game would decide who wins the title, and it sucks we lose our first home game in it.”

Granite Bay (10-2-1 overall) improved to 3-0 in the SFL. Matches at home against Del Oro (1-1-1) and at Rocklin (0-1-1) next week finish the first half.

Woodcreek will be host to Rocklin and travels to Nevada Union (1-2).