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Area roundup: Placer soccer allows rare goal in victory over Bear River

By: Matthew Kimel / Journal sports editor
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Brennan Entz didn’t care about getting a hat trick. Coach Dave Brown wasn’t worried about his team’s shutout streak ending. The Placer High School boys soccer team is more concerned with the big picture. Entz scored two goals and the Hillmen nearly pitched another shutout in a 3-1 victory over Bear River at Railhead Park in a Pioneer Valley League game Wednesday. “It doesn’t really matter,” said Entz, who sat on the bench late like most of the Placer starters, of scoring a third goal. “A win is a win. I’m happy with two.” A stingy Hillmen defense held the Bruins scoreless until the final minutes of the game. “It doesn’t matter a whole lot,” Brown said of the late goal that ended his team’s streak of not allowing a point. “We just want to be better for the next game. We got Lincoln on Monday and we need to get something out of that so we can contend for the (league) title.” The Hillmen (8-3-2, 3-0-1 PVL) had not allowed a goal since Sept. 10, shutting down their opponents for 13 straight 40-minute halves. Zach James found the back of the net for a late score for the Hillmen, who held Bear River to just three scoring chances with stout defense. Despite losing, Jacob Robinson of the Bruins (0-5-1, 0-4 PVL) was stoked to have scored against what he considered a tough defense. “It’s good to get a goal,” Robinson said of the game’s final score, which came in the 78th minute. “… We’ve got a lot of improving to do.” Robinson’s tally, which came in the waning minutes of a contest that had already been decided, was his team’s first goal in league play. Goalkeeper Patrick Dellwo made a terrific, leaping save on the Bruins’ lone shot on goal in the first half. The Hillmen play at Lincoln Monday at 8 p.m., while Bear River plays at Colfax at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Girls golf Placer 258, Center 319 — Hannah Gregg shot a 35 on the par-36 course at the Ridge Wednesday to lead the Lady Hillmen (10-4, 10-0 Pioneer Valley League) to a league victory. Madi Holm (47) and Brooke Griffin (51) followed for Placer, which plays vs. Lincoln at Turkey Creek today. Girls volleyball Del Oro 3, Nevada Union 0 — Stephanie Solich had 12 kills and Morgan Lees added 15 digs, nine kills and three aces for the host Golden Eagles (17-4, 3-0 Sierra Foothill League). Stephanie Geyer, who is about to visit West Point for a basketball recruiting trip, chipped in with five kills for Del Oro, which plays at Granite Bay Monday in a SFL match. Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel