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Grizzlies varsity soccer earns big 3-2 win over Trojans

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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After losing to Oak Ridge, 1-0, a little over a week ago, Granite Bay’s varsity boys’ soccer team got some revenge on Wednesday on their home turf, beating the Trojans, 3-2.

Playing on the football field instead of their normal grass field, the Grizzlies (3-2 in league) picked up a big win that pushed them into second place in the Sierra Foothill League in front of the Trojans (2-2).

“We want to win the league after finishing second last year,” Granite Bay coach Bashar Alsakati said. “We’re second now behind Folsom, who we have played once and had a nice 4-3 game with them. We’re going to try our best to beat them next time. We want to make the playoffs first, and then we want to win the league, so this win helps us.”

The Trojans opened the scoring about 10 minutes into the game. Dominick Paielli played a free kick into the box from 30 yards, and Kyle Lopez was first to it, heading the ball by a diving Granite Bay keeper, Cole Phillips.

The goal seemed to inspire the Grizzlies more than the Trojans; however, as Granite Bay created the best chances moving forward. Their first goal by Jackson Borba was a strong left-footed effort from a sharp angle from about 20 yards off the left flank. About 12 minutes later, Ryan Nolan, making a run to the front of the goal, finished a nifty pass from a teammate to make it 2-1. Granite Bay’s final goal came in the second half when Ryan Rosnack chipped in a nice pass from Diego Angelina De La Cruz to give the Grizzlies a commanding 3-1 lead.

Paielli narrowed the gap with 20 minutes remaining with a penalty kick goal. Oak Ridge had a goal taken away seven minutes later on an offside call, as the Trojans briefly thought they had the game tied, but it wasn’t to be.

Alsakati was pleased with the win, but not his team’s style of play.

“This was our first game on our turf, and it’s not as wide as our grass field,” Alsakati said. “Usually we like to use that width, move the ball a lot, switch the field and create space. We weren’t able to do that today, but just played to get the win.”

Granite Bay plays host to Rocklin (1-4) at 3 p.m. on Friday, while Oak Ridge has a home game against Del Oro (2-2) at 6 p.m. Friday.