It's a coach's dream to clear the bench in a Sac-Joaquin Section championship game.
That's what Jesuit boys soccer coach Paul Rose did Saturday in the top-seeded Marauders' much-anticipated Division I showdown with second-seeded Granite Bay at Cosumnes Oaks High School.
Granite Bay (20-4-1) had tied nationally ranked Jesuit 1-1 in the Capital Challenge on Sept. 7, the only area blemish on the Marauders' otherwise sterling record that includes only an out-of-state loss to Jesuit of Portland, Ore.
But with Jesuit scoring two goals in the first eight minutes en route to a surprisingly one-sided 5-0 win, Rose wound up playing his entire 24-man roster.
Dazzling senior midfielder Niko Hansen had his second hat trick in as many games, and Evan Barrett and Kaba Alkebulan added single goals as Jesuit won its 10th D-I section championship and third in four years.
"Some years are more fun than others to coach," said Rose, a recent Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame inductee and California's career coaching wins leader.
"Teams have their own personality. This team overall was easy to coach."
The Marauders (27-1-1) are ranked No. 3 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and still have an outside chance of landing their second fall national title.
They also have tremendous talent in Hansen, the Delta River League Player of the Year and team scoring leader with 35 goals.
Hansen, a verbal commit to New Mexico, redirected Anthony Ayala's corner kick past the Granite Bay goalie from five yards out two minutes into the match. He threaded a beautifully executed left-heel tap between two defenders and the goalie late in the first half. He capped the afternoon with a second-half goal off a long run from a give and go to Barrett.
Bella Vista 6, Turlock 5 on penalty kicks at Lincoln of Stockton Freshman goalie Drake Callendar made two penalty kick saves to lead the top-seeded Broncos (20-0-2) past the second-seeded Bulldogs (16-6-5) and a repeat as D-II champions.
River Valley 2, Central Valley-Ceres 0 in Stockton Alfredo Hernandez scored twice to lead the sixth-seeded Falcons (10-3-2) over the fifth-seeded Hawks (24-3-2).
Vista del Lago 1, Galt 0 in Elk Grove Will Dubay's goal from a cross by Matt Raymond late in the first half led the top-seeded Eagles (14-2-2) past the No. 7 Warriors (17-4-1). It is Vista de Lago's third consecutive D-IV section title.
West Campus 3, River- bank 1 in Stockton The top-seeded Warriors (20-2-2) won their first boys section soccer title in topping the second-seeded Bruins (18-3-2).
Capital Christian 6, Gustine 2 in Stockton The top-seeded Cougars (16-3-3) made it back-to-back section titles (last year in D-V) in beating the second-seeded Redskins (14-2-5).
Sacramento Country Day 3, Victory Christian 2 on penalty kicks in Elk Grove After playing scoreless through 80 regulation minutes and two 10-minute overtimes, seniors Morgan Bennett-Smith, Jackson Dulla and Donald Hutchinson netted penalty kicks for the top-seeded Cavaliers (17-2-0) and the Vikings missed on three of their five attempts (15-5-3).