September 15, 2011
Jesuit, Granite Bay rebound from their emotional soccer clash

These are times of mixed emotions for Jesuit High boys soccer coach Paul Rose.

Rose was pleased that his Marauders defeated a challenging Granite Bay 3-2 in a battle of unbeatens at the Capital Classic Cup that more than lived up to its special billing while entertaining a crowd of nearly 4,000 Friday night at Capital Christian High School.

He also liked how the Marauders, ranked No. 1 nationally in the two major boys fall soccer polls, had no letdown this week.

Jesuit downed a tough Marin Academy team 5-1 in San Rafael on Monday and followed up Wednesday with another 5-1 win over neighborhood rival Rio Americano.

But for Rose, the coach and father, it was hard knowing that arguably his best player and son, Jeff Rose, is out for the season - in his senior year no less.

The midfielder, who had eight goals and 19 assists, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee midway in the first half against Granite Bay.

Rose was injured while battling for a ball with a Granite Bay player.

"It's tough, but life goes on," Paul Rose said on Wednesday. "It was an unfortunate thing. I think Jeff hit a bad patch in the grass and his left foot got caught while he was bumping shoulders (with a Granite Bay player). That led to his hyperextending his knee. I don't think it was anything dirty."

With both stands packed and both teams ranked nationally after coming off undefeated seasons last year, the game oozed intensity.

Jesuit scored two of its goals on penalty kicks. Granite Bay had a goal taken away on a disputed first-half, off-side call. Players from both teams were red-carded late.

Rose wouldn't say anything on record about the officiating - bloggers were highly critical -- but said that it was a challenging match for everyone involved because of the hype and the atmosphere.

Even soccer powers like Jesuit and Granite Bay play most of their games in the afternoon on intimate, soccer-only fields in front of much smaller crowds.

"The atmosphere was incredible," Rose said. "The adrenaline was really flowing because the build up was a little bigger for this one, especially since we didn't get to play the year before."

He liked the way his players responded, not only from the emotional loss of Jeff Rose but in staying focused after Granite Bay rallied from a 2-0 deficit early in the second half to tie 2-2 on goals by Will Harkin in the 61th minute and Stanford-bound Ty Thompson in the 73rd minute.

Steven Wright scored the game winner on a penalty kick two minutes later after a physical scrum in the penalty box in which a Granite Bay player was called for a hand ball.

Granite Bay coach Steve Fischer also was pleased with the way his players responded.

"If the number one team needs two PKs and a goal called back to just barely beat us, I think that says a lot for us," Fischer told Brett Ransford of the Roseville Press Tribune. "It was a battle between two warrior teams and at the end of the game, I think everyone knew that."

Granite Bay had no trouble bouncing back, either.

On Wednesday the Grizzlies beat Oak Ridge 7-0 as Tanner Thompson had three goals and brothers Ty and Tommy Thompson one each.

It was the first goal of the season for Tommy, the team's leading scorer last season as a freshman, who has been hampered by a quadriceps injury.

Although both teams have been winning most of their matches in one-sided fashion, there are still some upcoming regular-season tests.

Both play Davis next week.

Granite Bay (7-1) hosts the Blue Devils 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Jesuit (9-0) plays host to Davis 4 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Both also are entered in the Gateway City Classic Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.
Jesuit will play No. 2 DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md., on Oct. 1. No. 9 Granite Bay opens with Missouri power St. Thomas Aquinas of Overland Park, Kan., Sept. 29.

Both also play No. 11 Marquette High of Wisconsin in Sacramento, with Granite Bay facing the Milwaukee power on Oct. 7 and Jesuit facing the Hilltoppers on Oct. 8.



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