Grizzlies drop second straight as Thunder fight on

Rocklin, Del Oro look to join GB, Roseville in playoffs
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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With spots in the section playoffs on the line, the Rocklin High soccer team finally got one from Granite Bay Monday under the lights in the Rocklin stadium. In a game that was rescheduled to this date after being washed out two weeks ago, the Grizzlies dropped their second consecutive contest as Rocklin claimed a 2-1 win. The game was scoreless at halftime, but the Thunder controlled much of the pace of play before intermission. Rocklin finally cracked the back of the net 10 minutes after the break when junior Seth Casiple converted a penalty kick to put the Thunder up 1-0. Midway through the second stanza, Jon Sheets bypassed a Grizzly defender who was trying to shield the ball out the end line and attacked towards the near post. Sheets found Walter Finney crashing from the top of the box with two defenders on this tail and delivered a perfect pass as Finney scored the second goal of the night for Rocklin. Granite Bay started attacking with full force and after barely missing on a corner kick diving header, Connor Hallisey got a goal with six minutes left in the game to cut the deficit to 2-1. Granite Bay nearly equalized in injury time as the Grizzlies got the ball in behind the Rocklin keeper on a deflected ball, but Thunder midfielder Noe Romero headed the dangerous ball out of the goal area to secure the win for the Thunder. The win leaves Rocklin in position to fight for the final available SFL playoff berth as the season is is in its final week. “We knew coming into this week that Monday night would be a bonus for us and that Tuesday is the must win game of the week against Del Oro,” said Rocklin coach Grant Depue. “We proved to ourselves tonight that if we hustle and play together we believe we can beat anybody.” The Thunder play Del Oro Tuesday night as those two teams look to join Granite Bay and Roseville in the section tournament. “Against D.O. will be the first time in three weeks our squad will be at full strength,” Depue said. “We, I’m sure like everybody else, has been injury stricken, illnesses, and red cards laden and have not had our squad together for a while. It is nice to have everybody back.” Granite Bay closed out its league season Tuesday at home against Woodcreek and will play a final non-league playoff tune-up Thursday at Yuba City. FYI: SFL soccer standings (as of Oct. 26) League overall Granite Bay 9-2 12-3-1 Roseville 7-3-1 11-7-1 Rocklin 6-4 15-6-1 Del Oro 5-3-2 7-6-3 Oakmont 3-6-1 7-5-5 Woodcreek 2-8 6-14 Nevada Union 1-7-2 5-9-3