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Critical Stretch of Matches For Del Oro Soccer

By: Staff Report
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“Very crucial” were the words used by Del Oro soccer coach Matt Scammacca to describe a key upcoming stretch of matches that his Golden Eagles faced this week in an effort to keep their CIF Sac-Joaquin section playoff hopes alive. “They are all definitely important matches,” said Scammacca, whose team entered this week with a 2-2-1 Sierra Foothill League slate after splitting matches last week with league-leading Granite Bay and Roseville. Del Oro, 6-2-1 overall on the year, opened the week with a night match Tuesday at Woodcreek. The Golden Eagles will then stay on the road for a 3:30 p.m. match today at Rocklin before heading to Nevada Union next Tuesday. In the new CIF soccer playoff format, the top three teams from the SFL will qualify automatically for the post season with the remainder of the Div. I brackets filled by at-large berths. “We need to keep winning to get a good seed,” Scammacca said. “Every match is important.” In their 3-1 loss to Granite Bay, the Golden Eagles trailed just 1-0 at halftime to the Sacramento-area power before the Grizzlies added two second half scores. “I feel the match was tighter that the final score shows,” the Del Oro coach said. “Granite Bay came out on fire and we weathered the storm pretty well.” Del Oro’s goal in the Granite Bay match came from Wes Martinson. Goalie Nathan Stein also played a good match turning away several shots in the first half by the Grizzlies. The Golden Eagles bounced back with a 2-1 win over Roseville. Handling the scoring chores for the winners were Brady Tinucci and Danny Ortega. In JV action, Del Oro fell to Granite Bay, 1-0, and defeated Roseville, 1-0.