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Single goal puts Roseville one win from postseason

Tigers beat Woodcreek in key girls soccer contest
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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With the Roseville High girls soccer team in a battle for its playoff life, Tuesday’s match with a Woodcreek team that had nothing to lose turned into a defensive struggle. The Tigers found the back of the net just one time, late in the first half, but that was enough to deliver a 1-0 victory that keeps Roseville in control of its own playoff destiny. The play of its back line was the most prominent aspect of Roseville’s play for most of the contest as sweeper Elli Tremblay and her defensive cohorts joined forces to keep Woodcreek from any serious scoring threats. Freshman Kelsey Decarlo hooked up with seniors Tremblay and Shea Peters, and junior Alex McFarlane on that dominant defensive unit, as the Tigers kept the pressure off of senior goalkeeper Ashlee Demateo. The Timberwolves answered with a very young group, in part due to injuries to some key veteran players. Freshman Marissa Griffin was incredibly active for Woodcreek, taking her turn in her usual front line position, but spending time in the back, where she turned on the physical game in an attempt to frustrate Roseville’s dynamic forward, Megan Looper. As has become customary for foes of the Tigers, the Woodcreek defense paid particular attention to Looper and devoted considerable energy to keeping players close enough to put a body on her whenever possible. For the most part, that strategy was successful, with the exception of that run late in the first half. In the closing moments of that opening stanza, midfielder Kelsey Roland found Looper with a little space, and the senior scorer turned on the speed to get beyond Woodcreek’s defense before finishing off the chance and putting Roseville up 1-0. The Tiger defense and a solid effort by a midfield group led by Roland, Kayla Granley and Amanda Ellsworth made that single tally stand up. Sophomores Emily Becker, Jordan Zucca, Lauren Henry and Rosie Bearden all delivered solid performances for the Timberwolves, but Woodcreek was not able to find its way into the scoring area enough to alter the end result. Woodcreek (2-7-2 in the SFL, 6-8-2 overall) hosts Oakmont (1-8-2, 4-11-2) in the season finale for both teams Tuesday night. Roseville (6-3-2, 11-4-4) holds the advantage over Del Oro (5-4-2, 7-6-2) in the chase for third place in the Sierra Foothill League and the playoff spot that goes with the finish. The Tigers will look to seal up that position and move into a second-place tie with Rocklin when they host Nevada Union (1-8-2, 3-10-3) Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.