Granite Bay tops Del Oro, stays unbeaten in SFL soccer

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School’s boys soccer team continued its reign over the Sierra Foothill League with a 3-1 decision over visiting Del Oro on Tuesday.

Experienced midfielder Dominic Scotti, who ranks third for the Grizzlies with seven goals this season, shared the glory with younger teammate Corban Anderson on two goals in the second half. Anderson’s goals were his third and fourth this season and propelled the Grizzlies (12-2-1 overall, 4-0 SFL) out of a 1-1 tie.

“I usually don’t score that much, but it’s just been about having fun out here,” Anderson said. “Getting on the score sheet is just a bonus.”

Scoring may have come from an unlikely source — Anderson last scored Aug. 30 in a 6-0 win over El Camino — but it was pivotal nonetheless.

Charlie Gunn found Josh Pleis on a header to put Granite Bay up 1-0 entering the break.

Wes Martinsen’s goal on a stellar cross from Danny Ortega evened the score in the 44th minute but only briefly.

It was the second goal allowed by Granite Bay in four SFL games and the first of two shots Del Oro (5-2-1, 1-2-1) took in more than 80 minutes. Anderson’s goals came in the 50th and 70th minutes.

“A win or a tie would have been big points for us and (would) help us in the standings, so it was a tough loss because it didn’t move us anywhere,” Martinsen said.

Granite Bay goalkeeper Andrew Erbland denied a well-devised strike from Andrew Ireland in the 63rd, potentially saving the match. Del Oro goalie Nathan Stein made five saves.

Del Oro plays at Roseville on Thursday. Granite Bay finishes the first half of SFL play at Rocklin.