Courtesy of Steven Shaff

Junior Anna Gregg scored in the 20th minute and No. 4 seed St. Francis held on to defeat No. 3 seed Oak Ridge 1-0 in the championship game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.

St. Francis reigns as champion again in high school girls soccer

Published: Saturday, May. 17, 2014 - 11:04 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 18, 2014 - 11:22 am

On a scoring tear since the start of the season, Anna Gregg capped her season in grand style.

The junior punched in a first-half goal, and her defensive teammates held strong the rest of the way as St. Francis beat Delta River League rival Oak Ridge 1-0 to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls soccer championship at Cosumnes Oaks on Saturday afternoon.

Gregg registered 28 goals for one of the best single-season efforts in school history. She scored in each game this season in re-establishing the Troubadours as a section power. Gregg’s goal was the difference in a 1-0 semifinal victory over Granite Bay, and she led the celebration as St. Francis won its first title since 2010 and ninth since 2001. All told, St. Francis has won an ongoing record 13 titles, the first coming in 1981 when the tournament started.

“It feels great,” she said of the season. “We have a great team.”

That includes great defense. Catie Brown was the keeper in the first half and Allie Carmickle in the second.

In other section championship matches:

Division II – Freshman Rachel Gensch scored with three minutes left in the second overtime to power Del Oro past Whitney 2-1 in a battle of Placer County rivals for the program’s first championship. Del Oro lost the 2012 final to Woodcreek.

Alex Jenkins scored in the 79th minute for Del Oro, and Samantha Craig tied it 1-1 with a laser. Del Oro keeper Alyssa Leaman was superb in the postseason with efforts over Del Campo (5-0), St. Mary’s of Stockton (2-0) and Rocklin in a semifinal (2-1). Jenkins scored at least one goal in every playoff game. Del Oro ended the season with a 10-game unbeaten streak, including eight victories. Whitney star Aliyah Utush, the section leader with 33 goals, including six in the playoffs, did not score against Del Oro, which halted the Wildcats’ 14-game unbeaten streak.

Division III – Nici Lopez scored in the 61st minute as Christian Brothers beat Manteca 1-0 with more stellar defense, a staple in a 3-0 playoff run. Lopez also scored in a 2-1 semifinal win over Benicia.

In winning the program’s third section championship since 2004 and first at this division, CBS outscored its playoff foes 4-1. Donya Airola was the goalkeeper in the title game.

Division VI – Korri Armbrust scored and keeper Ashley Klein enjoyed this championship quest to the end as Capital Christian beat Amador 1-0 in a spirited title rematch.

Armbrust, a freshman and daughter of coach Greg Armbrust, registered four goals in a 3-0 playoff showing, a stretch in which Klein didn’t allow a single goal. In the finals last season, Klein was rushed to the hospital after hitting her head on the goal post in a 2-1 loss.

– Joe Davidson

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