Del Oro needs strong finish for playoff push
It’s funny what a difference a few bounces can make in a soccer season.
“I really believe that we’re playing better soccer than we did a year ago but the results haven’t been the same,” said Del Oro soccer coach Ron Benjamin about his Lady Eagles’ play this season. “We’re a little dinged up right now and have been a little unlucky.”
Del Oro, which under Benjamin captured last year’s Sierra Foothill League championship, is now in a fight just to make the playoffs this season.
The Lady Eagles, after their third straight 0-0 tie, this time with Woodcreek, and a tough 3-0 loss at Rocklin, now finds themselves at 2-2-3 and in fourth place in the SFL standings.
“We probably have to win out to have a shot at making the playoffs,” said Benjamin. “We’ll really have to pick it up the rest of the way.”
Del Oro began its quest for the postseason on Tuesday with a match at Nevada Union. After hosting Granite Bay today at 7 p.m., the Lady Eagles will be at home against Roseville on Monday also at 7 p.m. The Roseville and Granite Bay matches are against two teams right ahead of Del Oro in the standings.
In last week’s match versus Rocklin, Benjamin noted that the 3-0 final score was not indicative of how close the match was played.
“They took advantage of two opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of our chances,” said Benjamin. “It was as simple as that.”
If Del Oro can qualify for the post season, the Lady Eagles would most likely play in Div. II. The playoffs begin on Tuesday May 7 at home sites.