Rocklin/Del Oro Division-II Section Title Game Preview

By Jeremy McDonald

Rocklin Girls Soccer have gotten over the hump and have gotten to the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-II Section Final game.

The team their facing, happens to be the team that knocked them out in the semis in 2014 and went on to win it all last year.

Del Oro.

Both team have spilt their meetings with an exact 1-0 results during the Sierra Foothill League play this season.

But it’s how both teams got here to Elk Grove that are stories in themselves.

The number one seeded Golden Eagles have dominated opponents with their youth eager to prove themselves in the field and having experience in goal with Alyssa Leaman.  Del Oro have allowed just one goal in their game against Bear Creek while scoring 11 goals.

Rachel Gensen and Pagie Martinsen of the Eagles have both recorded hat tricks in the playoffs.  Martinsen in the playoff opener versus the Bruins and Gensen against Consumes Oaks in the semi-final round.

For the Thunder, Maddy Morrison has been the key offensively from her attack position. 

Morrison, daughter of head coach Paul Morrison, scored a brace in Rocklin’s overtime thriller win over Rodriguez on May 5 and scored the game winner against Tracy a few days later.

Despite giving up two goals against the Mustangs, Rocklin’s defense have also shutout their opponents in their Cinderella run, defeating number three Tracy and number seven Folsom en route to their appearance to the Section Title game.

The key to this game is if the Eagle offense can sustain their scoring pace and strong defense and if the Thunder can also keep up their defensive stand.

JEREMY’S PREDICTION:  Rocklin by 1.  Thunder had to battle through the meat of the bracket whereas Del Oro 

Kickoff for the title is 2pm at Consumes Oaks High School.