Jesuit boys soccer team ties state shutout record
In winning this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys' soccer title with a 5-0 win over Granite Bay, Jesuit also tied a state record for shutouts.
The Marauders (27-1-1) posted 23 shutouts, tying them with Palos Verdes of Palos Verdes Estates (1989) and Royal of Simi Valley (1988), according to the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book.
"Our defense is smothering," Jesuit coach Paul Rose said. "Twenty-three shutouts in 29 games is pretty good."
All-Delta River League stopper Riley Harbour and back Evan Glass, both seniors, led a stellar defensive group that included juniors Anthony Ayala, Andrew Gosselin, Matt Nemeth, John Bovill, Kannon Kuhn and sophomore keeper Luc Barbe.
In all, Jesuit allowed eight goals while scoring 120, led by Niko Hansen, Kaba Alkebulan and Evan Barrett. Alkebulan and Barrett were all-league while Hansen was the league MVP. Hansen, a New Mexico recruit, scored a team-high 35 goals.
The only blemishes on Jesuit's record were a 1-1 draw with Granite Bay in the Capital Challenge on Sept. 7 and a 2-0 loss in Oregon on Sept. 13 to Jesuit-Portland.
Jesuit, which has won 10 boys section titles, is No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's fall rankings, something Rose has no problem with even though he thinks his team is the nation's best.
St. Benedict's Prep of Newark, N.J., (18-0-0) is No. 1 after winning its 24th consecutive New Jersey state championship and extending its consecutive wins steak to 54.
"The bottom line is that we shouldn't have tied Granite Bay and shouldn't have lost to Jesuit (of Portland)," Rose said. " But those matches also made us more cohesive as a team."
Jesuit outscored four playoff opponents 26-1.
Girls tennis championships postponed by bad weather
Because of inclement weather, this weekend's CIF Northern California Girls Tennis Championships have been rescheduled to Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Natomas Racquet Club in Sacramento.
Granite Bay and Davis will be the area representatives in the tournament.
Granite Bay defeated Davis 7-2 on Nov. 7 to win the D-I section championship. Granite Bay eliminated St. Francis 8-1 in the semifinals to end the Troubadours' seven-year D-I title reign. It was the Grizzlies' sixth consecutive section title after winning five in a row in D-II.
Bella Vista defeated Rio Americano 7-2 for this year's D-II title.
Although Elk Grove finished out of the running for the D-I girls' tennis title, coach Tony Tuosto was proud nonetheless. For the eighth time, the Thundering Herd tennis team won the Elk Grove Unified School District's award for highest team grade-point average (4.09).
Four area girls rank high in cross country divisions
Four area girls, led by Vista del Lago senior Madeleine Ankhelyi, enter Saturday's CIF State Cross Country championships in Fresno ranked among the top 10 in their respective divisions.
Ankhelyi is No. 1 and junior teammate Clare Carroll is No. 7 in Division III. Granite Bay freshman Maggie Bell is No. 2 in D-II and Davis freshman Fiona O'Keeffe is No. 7 in D-I.
In team rankings by PrepCalTrack.com, St. Francis is No. 3 and Davis No. 5 in D-I girls, while Del Oro is No. 10 in D-III girls. Del Campo is No. 8 in D-II boys and Placer No. 8 and El Dorado No. 10 in D-III boys.