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One and done for Del Oro soccer team

Golden Eagles lose playoff game at Lodi 2-0
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LODI — Del Oro’s first playoff appearance since 2006 ended in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs on Tuesday night as the Golden Eagles boys’ soccer team lost 2-0 after a scoreless first half against host Lodi.
 
Both goals were scored on rebounds in the 50th and 60th minutes, put away by Lodi forward Nathan Levine, who was the focus of nearly all his team’s offense in both halves. Del Oro outshot Lodi 9-3 through the first 40 minutes, but managed just three in the later half.
 
Much like the match, the Golden Eagles’ season was a rollercoaster.
 
They inched into the postseason after a 4-2 win in a one-game playoff against Nevada Union last week.
 
The Sierra Foothill League season kicked off with three-straight home games, which Del Oro ran even at 1-1-1.
 
Senior captains Brady Tinucci, Brenden Montoya and Mitch Pingree are among seven seniors graduating. They leave behind six juniors and six sophomores.
 
“We kind of fell apart in the second half of the season and fought back to make playoffs,” Pingree said. “It was a great three years of varsity. I loved every minute of it.”
 
Montoya and Pingree said choosing to leave the Del Oro football team in place of soccer was the best choice they could have made.
 
“For us it’s kind of disappointing being our last year, but the desire to win with these young guys has to continue,” Montoya said. “This was much more of a team this year.”
 
The playoff berth was Del Oro’s first in three seasons under head coach Matt Scammacca.
 
“We had some good individual players, but as a team from top to bottom I think this is easily the best group in a long time. With the experience we have already on the team, coupled with our young guys next year, we’ll be fine,” Scammacca said.
 
If this season is anything like Del Oro’s last playoff run – the team made the playoffs in 2004, 2005 and 2006 – the Golden Eagles have plenty to look forward to.