Girls soccer moves on to semifinals

Team advances after 4-0 win vs. Laguna


(JACKSON YOUNG/EYE OF THE TIGER) El equipo de futbol femenino celebra su victoria contra el equipo de futbol femenino de Laguna Creek. Las chicas ganaron con una puntuacion de 3-0 en el viernes contra Laguna Creek.


After their 4-0 victory over Laguna Creek last Friday, the Roseville High School varsity girls soccer team is preparing for their Wednesday night semifinal matchup.

The team has done nothing but live up to their own expectations this season, following last season’s success in their Division II section championship. The Tigers finished their regular season with a record of 9-3-2, securing them second place in the CVC.

At one point during the season, however, three of the Tiger’s wins were in jeopardy after a self-reported CIF rule violation, which was later lifted due to the fact that the player had not infringed any regulations.

Their regular season success provided them with the number one seed in this year’s playoffs, meaning the Tigers received home field advantage for the entirety of sections, excluding the championship. The girls came out victorious against both the Franklin High School Yellowjackets and the Laguna Creek Cardinals in playoffs, and now look to continue their run.

Junior forward Kelsey Gill is proud of the team’s success this year, but knows that the Tigers have unfinished business.

“We’ve had nothing short of a great season. Our team has stepped it’s game up from last years’ section run and I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Gill said. “However, we haven’t won sections yet, so we still have work to do.”

Gill also doesn’t wish to stop there, as this season, unlike last, the Tigers will have a chance to move further than sections and onto Northern California regionals.

“This year we have a chance to move further than any soccer team in Roseville High School’s history, which is to win sections and move onto regionals,” Gill said. “However, our team doesn’t usually discuss that because regionals are multiple games away.”

Head coach Paul Stewart reflected on the success of the team, and their objectives coming into this season.

“After doing so well last year, we had a few goals that we wanted to meet for this year,” Stewart said. “ We wanted to make playoffs again, win league and win sections.”

Despite falling short of clenching first place in the CVC, Stewart has high hopes for what the team can still accomplish, and is impressed with what they have done so far.

“We made playoffs, didn’t quite win league, and still have a pretty good chance to win sections,” Stewart said. “That is a pretty good year if you ask me.”

Leading scorer junior Mackenzie Gill, has also contributed heavily to their success this season as well, leading the Tigers with 12 goals this season.

“Mackenzie has been huge for us on the offensive side, and has supplied a ton of goals all season,” Gill said.