Del Oro falls to Woodcreek behind three first-half goalsBy: Cameron Salerno
A pair of undefeated teams hit the pitch Friday night in a highly anticipated Sierra Foothill League rematch from a year ago between Del Oro and Woodcreek.
The Timberwolves used three first-half goals to down the visiting Golden Eagles, 3-1.
“I thought tonight was a really good test for our team,” said Del Oro head coach Matt Scammacca. “Playing against a great attacking group in Woodcreek, it was definitely a big test for us.”
After missed early opportunities for both clubs, the Timberwolves drew first blood. Woodcreek senior Kyle Prusia shifted a Golden Eagle defender and blasted it off his left foot into the back of the net. The goal gave Woodcreek an early 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute.
It didn’t take long for Del Oro to find the equalizer. Senior Nick Bowers found the ball after a corner kick was kicked to the center of the crowd, which he then tapped in.
In the 29th minute and with the score tied at 1 apiece, Woodcreek found comfort when the Timberwolves’ midfielder Andrew Romo kicked the ball off his right foot, which deflected on the far right post and into the goal.
Prusia found the goal for the second time to give his team a 3-1 advantage minutes before the half.
“In the first half we didn’t defend well,” Scammacca confessed. “I thought we had a good amount of chances to score (in the first half).”
The second half featured Del Oro getting many opportunities to cut into the Timberwolves’ lead. Although Del Oro had its chances, the Golden Eagles couldn't convert.
Behind strong second-half defense, Woodcreek found a way to collect a 3-1 victory to improve to 5-0.
“I thought our top two guys were really hard for (Del Oro) to handle tonight,” Woodcreek head coach Shaun Hilton said. “(Josh Gaeckle and Kyle Prusia) really helped set the tone for us. We have a lot of depth on our team and they are also very selfless.”
The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 3-1 after winning the first three games over Roseville, Kennedy and Oakmont.
Del Oro will now take on Ponderosa and Nevada Union before kicking off league play with Granite Bay Dec. 15.
“Our No. 1 priority every year is to make the playoffs,” said Scamacca. “I think we have a very talented group, but the SFL is extremely challenging.”
The Timberwolves they will look to stay hot. The next time Woodcreek hits the turf, it will be the league-opener versus Roseville on Dec. 11. Following that game, they will take on Bella Vista, a team that eliminated the Timberwolves in the playoffs last season in the semifinals.
“We really wanted Bella Vista,” Hilton said. “They ended our season last year, so (we're) looking forward to playing them in league twice.”