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Hail, rain cut Eagles’ game short

Del Oro stays undefeated on season with 0-0 tie at Woodcreek
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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ROSEVILLE – The sun poked itself out from behind the clouds as Del Oro and Woodcreek took the field Friday night. But before the first half was done the artificial turf field was unrecognizable with at least an inch of standing water. The two teams slugged it out to a 0-0 tie in a game that was called at halftime due to at least 20 minutes of hard rain mixed with pellet-sized hail. “The field’s unplayable,” said Del Oro assistant coach Matt Scammacca, who subbed in for head coach Ron Benjamin who had another obligation. “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. The tie kept the Eagles out of the loss column. They are undefeated this season with a 5-0-4 record overall and are in first place in the Sierra Foothill League at 2-0-3. Had the game been completed the Eagles may not have been so fortunate. They struggled to get good looks on offense and missed a chance to get on the board when they couldn’t convert on two corner kicks within one minute of each other. The Timberwolves on the other hand had four solid opportunities to score in the half but couldn’t get past Taylor Cirksena or the crossbar. This was the second time this week a Del Oro team had been rained out at Woodcreek. The softball team played into the bottom of the third inning Wednesday before the game was called off. That game will be replayed April 27 because it didn’t hit the required five innings, but the same can’t be said for the soccer team, which only needed to reach the half for the game to be complete.