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Girls soccer hailed out

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Del Oro’s girls soccer team entered this week clinging to the Sierra Foothill League lead by the slimmest of margins. The Lady Eagles put their league lead on the line last night in a key SFL match, when the they played host against visiting Rocklin. While game results were too late for press deadline, the Del Oro girls still have plenty of expected tough action coming up when they venture to Grass Valley Friday to meet Nevada Union, and then play at Granite Bay next Wednesday, April 25. Thanks to a hard fought 2-0 win over Roseville and a 0-0 tie against Woodcreek in a bizarre match that was halted at halftime due to unplayable weather conditions, the Del Oro girls found themselves at the top of a tight SFL race. Going into Wednesday’s action, Del Oro, 2-0-3 and with nine points, led Woodcreek’s 2-1-2 slate with eight points. Following closely were Roseville and Granite Bay, each 2-2-1 and with seven points, and Rocklin at 1-0-3 with six points. In last week’s win over Roseville, Del Oro and the Tigers battled to a 0-0 tie through the first half before the Lady Eagles broke through for the win on second half goals from Jessica Hinskin and Lauren Gollnick. Del Oro goalkeeper Taylor Cirksena was credited with a pair of saves in the Lady Eagles’ defensive-minded winning effort. The match with Woodcreek started off being played in cloudy and cold weather before the skies opened up late in the first half with rain and hail that made playing conditions unbearable, if not unsafe. “The field was unplayable,” said Del Oro assistant coach Matt Scammacca, who filled in for head coach Ron Benjamin. “There’s so much hail on the field you can’t see the lines. We’re using a white soccer ball. Nobody had any other balls we could use. I mean if it was snowing during the game we could possibly play and use an orange ball or yellow ball. The main thing is if the field was like this before the game, we wouldn’t have played.” Coaches from both sides deliberated with the referees at the beginning of halftime and tried to find a solution, but the standing water changed the game. Passes stopped well short of their targets and girls crashed into each other, unable to plant their feet to make turns.