Lady Tigers lose to DO, soccer playoff chase tightens

By: Staff Report
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One day after picking up a huge win over second-place Rocklin in its search for a playoff spot, the Roseville High girls soccer team dropped a tough one Thursday to fourth-place Del Oro that leaves it with some work to do in the regular season’s final week. A loose ball in front of the goal after an Eagle corner kick put the Tigers in jeopardy late in the first half, and Del Oro cashed it in to take a 1-0 lead into intermission. “Del Oro looked good, and it was a great battle in the first half,” said Roseville coach Pablo Gutierrez. “We did not defend well that particular play.” Playing into the wind in the second half, Roseville was unable to mount any momentum, and Del Oro picked up some insurance with another goal in winning the game 2-0. With the Sierra Foothill League sending three teams to the postseason party, Granite Bay and Rocklin have locked up their invitations, while Roseville is in the driver’s seat for bid No. 3. The Tigers (5-3-2 in the SFL, 10-4-4 overall) need to keep winning to gain that playoff spot. That quest continues with a pair of home games next week against Woodcreek (2-6-2, 6-7-2) and Nevada Union (1-8-2, 3-10-3). Del Oro (4-4-2, 7-6-2) closes out its season with a game at Oakmont followed by a home game against league-leading Granite Bay (10-0-0, 14-2-0).