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Playoffs on the line for Miners

Nevada Union’s boys soccer team, third in the Sierra Foothill League, hosts its final game of the season at 3:30 p.m. today when league-leading Rocklin comes to town.

However, the Miners are far from having clinched the third, and final, playoff spot in the SFL. With 16 points, and a 5-4-1 league record, NU is trailed closely by Del Oro (15 points) and Roseville (14).

So what are the implications of today’s second-to-last game of the season?



“Jeez, you got a Ouija board?” Nevada Union coach Mike Voss joked.

Here are the possibilities: If NU beats the Thunder (three points are awarded for a win, one for a tie) and wins Friday’s finale at Roseville, hello playoffs.




If the Miners win one of two, neither Del Oro nor Roseville could earn a playoff berth without running the table. Del Oro and Roseville can’t both win their final two games, though, as the two meet today at Del Oro.

If NU loses both games, and the Golden Eagles and Tigers do anything but tie, no playoffs for the Miners. Del Oro ends the season at Granite Bay, the second-place team in the SFL.

“We’d like to do better against Rocklin than Del Oro does Friday against Granite Bay,” Voss said. “If we have the same results it boils down to how we do against Roseville.”

Voss remembers clearly the 4-0 loss his team suffered Sept. 29 at Rocklin, where three of the four goals were results of NU mistakes.

He said the key to controlling the Thunder will be keeping the ball on the ground, away from the heads of the taller Rocklin players.

“We’re going to try a few different things,” Voss said. “We’ll see if we can get taller bodies in the box to negate their air game.”

Colfax at Bear River

Bear River’s varsity boys soccer team will host its final match of the season at 6 p.m. Thursday against Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax. While the Bruins (4-8-3 overall, 3-4-3 PVL) are out of playoff contention, a win could still boot the Falcons out of second place in the PVL if third-place El Dorado can beat first-place Lincoln.

Volleyball

Rocklin at NU

It’s a match between the top two girls volleyball teams in the Sierra Foothill League when second-place Rocklin (26-7 overall, 8-2 SFL) visits Nevada Union (22-3, 10-0 SFL) for the Miners’ final home match of the regular season.

NU closes league play Tuesday at Roseville.

Cross country

NU at SFLchampionships

Neither Nevada Union’s boys nor girls are in position to win the Sierra Foothill League championship Thursday at the SFL championships at William Jessup University.

But coaches Sara Freitas and Gene Gilligan see the meet as a perfect tune-up for the Nov. 4 sub-section meet at Angels Camp.

Miners freshman Emma Ussat, the girls team’s No. 1 runner, is still questionable with knee pain left over from the Oct. 14 race at Bella Vista. For the boys, Gilligan said this will be the first time this season his varsity team is completely healthy.

Gilligan added that each runner is shooting for a top-10 finish individually, which would earn all-league status.


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