Wednesday Sep 19 2012
Eagles fall to Granite Bay, 2-1By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
The Eagles’ first loss of the season came at the hands of Granite Bay in a 2-1 narrow defeat on Wednesday afternoon at Vista del Lago. In terms of playing talented preseason teams, Granite Bay ranks up there with the best of them and Vista was inches away from tying. The Eagles erased an early 1-0 deficit entering halftime, but the Grizzlies 65th minute marker was the difference. A matchup of last year’s No. 9 nationally-ranked Grizzlies and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion Eagles provided plenty of drama. Vista earned three yellow cards and took a physical game deep into stoppage time, where Cody Sherfy nearly tied it. Brent Zavada scored Vista’s lone goal in the 15th minute. On a free kick by Michael LePage from about 20 yards out, Hunter Ales rebounded a shot and Zavada’s second rebound became the equalizing goal. Granite Bay scored in the eighth minute, but Vista controlled offensive tempo for much of the time between goals. “It was my first goal this season and I didn’t think I would score against Granite Bay, but it just shows you anything can happen, like a defender scoring,” Zavada said. Vista moved to 2-1-1 on the season so far. Granite Bay elevated to 8-2-1. Both teams begin league play in their next matches. In their final preseason match, the Eagles managed just as many shots, 11, as Granite Bay. Sherfy’s chip shot barely missed and in the 75th a shot in the upper-corner deflected off the keepers’ hands. Despite the grind-out style of the match and coming up short, Vista’s defensive captain Michael LePage said he was proud of the way Vista performed against a healthy dose of Division I competition. “We had nothing to lose and it was a good match to see where we stand against tough teams like these,” LePage said. “We’ll take this experience into league and go from there.” River City will have to put up with Vista first in league next Tuesday.