Granite Bay girls top Folsom in regular-season finale, 1-0

By: Matt Long
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Folsom and Granite Bay played to a 0-0 tie in their first meeting and as two of the lowest-scoring teams in the Sierra Foothill League, it’s no surprise Thursday’s regular-season finale was decided on a penalty kick.

The Grizzlies earned the kick when Jenna Ledrech was fouled in the box 11 minutes into the second half. Hannah Bonfils converted the attempt to the top corner of the net to Folsom keeper Destiny Hayes’ left and Granite Bay won the game, 1-0.

The victory evened both teams’ league record to 3-4-3, but Granite Bay earned fourth place in league with the victory.

“This was a good response for us after losing 3-0 to Oak Ridge two days ago,” Granite Bay Coach Mark Broers said. “Our freshman goalkeeper Summer Holt played well, as did our freshman and sophomore center backs, Marli Bannai and Tori Sullivan.

“It’s unfortunate that the game had to be decided on a penalty kick, but we were fouled in the box and Hannah took the kick for us against a very good keeper.”

Granite Bay controlled play early and was the better of the two teams in the first half, but Folsom improved as the game went on. While they had about a half-dozen scoring opportunities, the Bulldogs never found the back of the net.

“We were sloppy in the first half, as our speed of play was too slow,” Folsom Coach Rick Carrigan said. “We gave up a soft PK on a foul from behind and that was just a lapse of judgment on our part.”

With the win, the Grizzlies, 6-5-3 overall, leapfrogged Folsom (8-6-3) in the SFL standings.

“Hats off to Granite Bay,” Carrigan said. “They rebounded from a big loss to Oak Ridge and came here in fifth place in league and is leaving here in fourth place. More importantly than the outcome of this game is how it will significantly impact our playoff seeding.”

Playoff seedings will be released later today by the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Broers was happy to see his team rebound after losing to Oak Ridge.

“You always want to enter the playoffs with a positive feeling,” Broers said. “It gives you that extra belief. We might be underdogs in the playoffs, but it’s OK. We like it that way.”

Prior the game, Folsom honored its three seniors who played in their final regular season home game: Caitlyn Lange, Taylor Cunningham and Juliana Kuntz.