SHINGLE SPRINGS — The luck of the Irish was with Ponderosa’s Sydney Rivera during the Bruins’ St. Patrick’s Day matchup with Whitney. The senior midfielder had Monday’s only goal as Ponderosa posted the 1-0 girls soccer nonleague win.
In the 52nd minute, Samantha Fowler’s inbound toss from the corner had the Whitney defense hustling toward the ball but Rivera made her way through traffic and booted it into the net.
“Someone was going to get a chance (to shoot the ball),” Ponderosa head coach Greg Spangler said. “The team played well, and we were lucky for the scoring chance.”
Ponderosa (5-3) had one chance to score in the second half when Hannah O’Donnell drove the ball 15 yards on a breakaway, but a Wildcat intercepted the drive and booted the ball out-of-bounds.
In the final two minutes, Whitney had two chances to score that ended thanks to Ponderosa’s defensive play. On the first, a Wildcat drove half the distance of the field until Bruin forward Kimberly Stack stepped in front of the ball at the 10 yard line.
Less than 30 seconds later, a Whitney boot was deflected off Fowler that took the winds out of the Wildcats’ sails to tie the game.
“Two big defensive plays,” Spangler said.
Bruin goalie Alexa Gisin had two saves in the game.
“It was nice to get a shutout with a young goal keeper,” said Spangler of Gisin, a sophomore.
Ponderosa hosted Roseville on Tuesday, and closes out its preseason schedule Tuesday, March 24 with an intra county game at El Dorado. The Bruins, who have 12 players returning from last year’s squad that played for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title, are looking to make another strong Delta River League run.
“We’re looking to make playoffs again,” Spangler said. “We’re always striving to make the playoffs and section finals. We have a good group. We’re looking to be competitive. We have a lot of good seniors, and the team is strong.”
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