One tough stretch
There’s no question that Mike Voss and his Nevada Union Miners will know exactly where they stand in the Metro Conference soccer scene once their weighty week ahead comes to a close.
That’s because the Miners are about to take on the top three teams in the league’s standings in their next three matches. The top three teams earn a playoff berth.
Up first is a trip to McClatchy (6-2-1 overall, 3-2 Metro) on Thursday for a matchup between the Metro’s third-place teams. The Miners follow that with a home match next Tuesday against Kennedy (7-4-1, 3-1-1), which stands in second place.
“I think it’s going to come down to how we do against Kennedy,” Voss said. “That’s the game that’s going to make us or break us.”
Twenty four hours after that matchup, the Miners will host Bear River in a nonleague matchup – one rescheduled after their March 22 date was rained out.
And then, playing their fourth match in eight days, the Miners will line up against league-leading Granite Bay (10-0-1, 5-0-1) on the Grizzlies’ home pitch.
NU is coming off its first match – a 2-1 win Tuesday against Johnson – in nearly three weeks, due to poor weather and spring break.
“We really looked like it was our first game of the season, after not playing for three weeks,” Voss said. “Hopefully we shook off some of the rust (Tuesday).”
Johnson at Nevada Union (4 p.m. Thursday) – After an impressive performance in last weekend’s Roseville Invitational – in which Nevada Union’s boys took first place, powered by six individual wins from junior Drew Harris, and the Miner girls finished third – NU welcomes the Warriors in their home pool season debut.
Bear River – After a pair of one-run losses left last season’s Pioneer Valley League co-champions at 0-2, Bear River (5-6 overall) looks to bounce back with its first PVL win against visiting Mira Loma (4-7, 0-1) at 4 p.m. today. The Bruins then travel to league-leading West Campus (12-3, 2-0) at 4 p.m. Friday, before hosting Golden Sierra in a nonleague matchup Monday.
Forest Lake Christian – Standing atop the Central Valley Christian League, Forest Lake Christian’s Falcons look to keep pace with CVCL co-leader Woodland Christian, as FLC hits the road for a 4 p.m. league matchup against Foresthill (1-2) on Friday. The Falcons also have a home date against Sacramento Waldorf (1-4, 1-2) scheduled for next Tuesday.
Nevada Union – The Miners welcome Metro Conference rival Yuba City to town at 4:15 p.m. today. The Honkers (7-5 overall, 2-2 Metro) have won four straight, including a 5-0 win Monday against league foe Grant. Nevada Union (5-7, 3-1) will travel to Grant (7-9, 1-4) Friday.
Bear River – The Bruins (10-7, 1-2 PVL) host the first of a three-game homestand on Thursday, as Bear River welcomes West Campus (9-4, 2-0) for a 4 p.m. league matchup. Mesa Verde (4-9, 0-1) comes to South County next Tuesday, while the Metro Conference’s Kennedy (1-7, 1-1) visits Bear River in a nonleague matchup April 14.
Nevada Union – Fresh off a 3-0 run in last Friday’s Bear River Pool Challenge – Nevada Union’s fourth and fifth consecutive wins – the Metro Conference leading Miners hit the road for three straight away games, beginning with Thursday’s trip to Granite Bay (5-9, 1-0). The Miners (10-8-1, 3-0) then travel to Yuba City (6-8, 1-1) Tuesday and head for Grant (0-4, 0-2) on April 14.
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