Woodcreek boys, Whitney girls lead the pack
After starting 6-0, the Timberwolves suffered their first setback of the season losing to Bella Vista 1-0 on Dec. 14. That Broncos team is the same one that knocked off Woodcreek out of the playoffs last season.
Woodcreek senior Josh Gaeckle leads the team in goals with 12 and Kyle Prusia has added eight to go along with five assists.
The Capital Valley Conference title may be decided Jan. 23 when Woodcreek (8-1) travels to Bella Vista in a rematch with the Broncos. Since the setback to Bella Vista, Woodcreek has picked up league wins over Antelope and Inderkum.
After losing the league opener to Woodcreek, the Tigers have bounced back nicely. Roseville picked up league wins over Antelope and River Valley before heading to the Christmas break.
Out of the 13 total goals the Tigers have scored this season, San Diego State-commit Austin Wehner has scored eight of them. Junior Tobias Matten leads Roseville with seven assists so far this season.
Roseville (6-3) takes on Yuba City Jan. 8 returning from the Holiday break. They will then get their rematch at home versus Woodcreek Jan. 18.
After an early playoff exit last year, Granite Bay has been on a mission to get back to the postseason. As the No. 1 seed, Granite Bay lost the opening game to 16-seed West High in one of the biggest upsets in Sac-Joaquin Section history.
Since then, Granite Bay (6-1-1) has been on a tear. After suffering their first loss of the season versus Davis, 2-1, the Grizzlies have won four straight. The biggest win of the season came in the Ponderosa Tournament when the Grizzlies beat Sierra Foothill League rival Del Oro, 2-1.
Granite Bay’s defense has been a big factor in early wins thus far, allowing just 1.4 goals a game. The Grizzlies kick off league play versus Oak Ridge Jan. 4.
It has been an up-and-down season so far for the Vikings.
After winning the first two games of the season, Oakmont then lost three out of the next four games before heading to the Christmas break on a high note with a win over Bradshaw Christian.
Zwannah Johnson has been the bright spot for Oakmont this season, tallying seven goals in the first three games for the Vikings. Oakmont (4-3) opens up Foothill Valley League play with Lincoln Jan. 8. The first of two meetings between the schools may go a long way in deciding the FVL title.
The Golden Eagles’ offense with 30 goals this season, leads the entire SFL. That sort of offense has Del Oro eyeing a league title this season.
Del Oro’s only two losses have come at the hands of Woodcreek and most recently Granite Bay. They do have key wins over Roseville, Oakmont and Ponderosa this season.
Del Oro (6-2) opened league play on the road versus Oak Ridge Thursday.
Whitney head coach Joel Williams calls this year’s team his “closest group ever.” That bond has Whitney off to a hot start in non-conference play, picking up key wins over Roseville, Ponderosa and Oakmont.
The only loss the Wildcats have sustained this year is a road game versus Woodcreek, where Whitney lost a 2-1 nail-biter. Since that game, the Wildcats have gone 4-0-1 and have a non-conference game at Davis before heading into SFL play.
Senior Zack Mason has led the scoring attack this season with five goals. Whitney (4-1-1) opens up league play versus Del Oro Jan. 4.
After missing the postseason last year, Rocklin looks to bounce back with a playoff run. However, the non-conference slate has proved to be brutal for the Thunder, who has dropped five of nine games in the early part of the season.
Rocklin has posted big wins versus Chico, Christian Brothers and Placer but still hasn’t found a distinct rhythm to set them apart from the pack. The Thunder remain the only team in the SFL giving up more goals than goals scored this season.
Rocklin (4-5) has a non-conference game versus Ponderosa before they open up league play versus Folsom Jan. 4.
Whitney longtime head coach Ana Jones has the Wildcats off to a hot start – their best mark in school history – in the non-conference.
The 7-2-2 record has seen wins over Lincoln, Roseville and Rio Americano and ties with St. Francis and Christian Brothers. The wins have come in large part to the high-scoring offense of the Wildcats. Their 30 goals rank first in the Sierra Foothill League.
Sydney Johnson leads the team with seven goals, followed by Kiera Utush with six and Laney Paduveris, who also leads the team in assists with seven.
Whitney opens up SFL play with Del Oro at home on Jan. 4.
Unlike their cross-town rival Whitney, the Thunder have struggled this season. Rocklin ranks second-to-last in goals and leads the SFL in goals allowed with 14 through eight games.
The Thunder this season have posted big wins over Woodcreek, Lincoln and Placer but lost a heartbreaker to Roseville to open up the season. Additionally, Rocklin saw a draw versus Franklin midway through the season.
Rocklin (4-3-1) has a final tune-up game versus Inderkum, a team they beat in the playoffs last season. The Thunder open up league versus Folsom at home on Jan. 4.
In the first five games of the season for Del Oro, the Golden Eagles have scored a grand total of five goals. In the three loses to St. Francis, Antelope and Davis, Del Oro has been shut out.
The five goals scored by Del Oro ranks last in the SFL. Hannah Zieour, Kady Shiro and Quincy Gieck have all scored one goal apiece for the Golden Eagles this season. All three goals came in a 2-0 win over Placer and a 1-0 victory over Elk Grove.
Del Oro (2-3) opens up SFL play verus Whitney Jan. 4.
In the five games Granite Bay has played this year, they haven’t lost. However, they haven’t won all of them either. The Grizzlies (3-0-2) have earned victories over Oakmont, Vista Del Lago and Woodcreek but have tied Pleasant Grove and Granada.
Ashley Kindrick and Julia Schwarze lead the Grizzlies with three goals apiece. Texas Christian University-bound goalie Summer Holt leads the Granite Bay defense with nine saves in five games.
Granite Bay’s SFL title defense opens up with Oak Ridge at home Jan. 4.
After having many years of sustained success, Woodcreek head coach Mark Bowman’s squad has got the short end of the stick thus far in non-conference play.
In 11 games, the Timberwolves have scored only 10 goals, which ranks second-to-last in the Capital Valley Conference. In the first four games of league play however, Woodcreek has posted a 2-1-1 record, picking up wins over Inderkum and Antelope as well as a tie with the Titans.
Currently tied for second place, Woodcreek (3-5-3) will need strong league success in order to make the postseason once again. The Timberwolves continue CVC play versus River Valley Jan. 11.
After making the section championship game two years in a row – winning once and losing last year – Roseville looks poised for yet another championship run this season.
Mackenzie Gill and Hailey Linarez lead the Tigers with five goals apiece. Mackenzie’s sister, Kelsey Gill leads Roseville with six assists.
Roseville (5-2) has won its first three CVC games over Woodcreek, Antelope and River Valley all while only allowing a single goal to Antelope and scoring 10 goals during the win streak. The Tigers play a non-conference tune-up game versus McClatchy before continuing league play verus Yuba City at home Jan. 8.
The Vikings have found themselves on the short end of the stick with a brutal non-conference slate. Playing against teams from tough conferences, Oakmont has dropped notable games to Woodcreek, Roseville and Granite Bay.
Despite the losing record at 3-5, Oakmont has only allowed 12 goals, which ranks second-best in the Foothill Valley League. Jaidyn Bohren and Ashley Mendenhall lead the Oakmont offense with two goals apiece this season. Joelle Pahkim has also contributed five assists this season to lead the Vikings.
Oakmont will play non-conference tune-up games versus Escalon and Laguna Creek before opening up league play versus Lincoln at home Jan. 7.