SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa opened the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division II girls soccer playoffs Tuesday by blanking Downey High 2-0 at Simon-Bruin Stadium.
From the start, the Lady Bruins took control with a shot from Sammi Fowler in the third minute that landed in the left side of the net. Two minutes later, Selena Brewer sent a ball just right of the sidebar. Ponderosa, the No. 2 seed in D-II, continued to take advantage of opportunities against the Knights’ defense while Downey came up empty against Bruin keeper Alannah John as the half ended in a 0-0 draw.
The hosts struck in the first minute of the second half as Brewer sent a cross to the middle where Missy Hanson connected and sent the ball to the Downey goalkeeper who fumbled it across the line for the first score of the evening.
The Bruins exerted their dominance and added a second goal in the 65th minute when Brewer found Ashlynn Johnson on the outer right wing for a well-placed ball to the upper right corner from 35 yards out.
“It felt great,” said Johnson on her first goal of the season.
The Bruins continued to shoot as did the Knights but Ponderosa goalie Jenna Hufford and her defense held Downey at bay.
“The girls played well especially in the second half. They have good momentum going into the next playoff game which is also a home game and are definitely up to it,” Ponderosa coach Greg Spangler said.
The Bruins advanced to the second round hosting Roseville. The Roseville-Ponderosa winner will play the Cosumnes Oaks-Tracy winner on Wednesday, May 15.