Another year, another strong season full of expectations in the Sierra Foothill League boys soccer race.
That’s how Del Oro boys coach Matt Scammacca sums up his team’s chances in this season’s SFL chase, which as usual will feature a multitude of talented teams and players.
“It will be the same old SFL,” said Scammacca. “We lost Nevada Union and Woodcreek but picked up a strong program in Whitney. It should be another close race.”
Thus far this season, Scammacca, now in his 10th season as Del Oro’s head coach, has his Golden Eagles off to a 7-2 start. Last Friday in the team’s SFL opener, the Golden Eagles tripped up Whitney, 3-2.
“The kids are doing a good job,” said the Del Oro coach. “We have a good combination of experience and young players this season.”
In the win over Whitney, the match was tied 0-0 at halftime before the Golden Eagles received a pair of second-half goals from Kyle Wesolowski and one from Kody Green to overtake the Wildcats.
Keith Willey and Evan Schoer were also credited with strong matches by Scammacca as both players checked in with assists in the win. Goalie Aiden Rosenthal also played well for Del Oro.
Scammacca feels that this season’s SFL chase should list Folsom, the defending league champion, as the favorite but that anything could happen.
“Folsom has some strong players back and should be the favorite,” said the Del Oro coach. “But Granite Bay and Oak Ridge will also be very good. Whitney is good too and Rocklin also has some players returning.”
Del Oro will play at Rocklin Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Folsom Wednesday. The Folsom match, also slated to begin at 7 p.m., is scheduled to be broadcast live on www.nfhsnetwork.com.