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Scotti helps Granite Bay stun Jesuit for section D-I soccer title

Dominic Scotti is banged up, bruised and possibly broken.

But all that pain was brushed aside after the Granite Bay senior midfielder scored the winning goal in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I final, giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 win over Jesuit on Saturday night at Cosumnes Oaks High School.

This is the fourth overall section title for Granite Bay (22-3-0) and the first in D-I. The win avenged a 5-0 loss to Jesuit in last season’s D-I final.

When the season began, Scotti was not with the team, electing instead to travel two-and-a-half hours for practice for his club team in San Jose. The rigors of the commute and being away from “his boys” drove the Wake Forest commit back to his Granite Bay team 12 games into the season.

With less than two minutes left in the second overtime, Scotti’s goal set off a celebration. Scotti pulled off his jersey and raced along with his teammates on the track that surrounds the field.

“It’s a fairytale, I guess,” Scotti said. “We’ve been thinking about it the whole time that (the final) would come down to the end.”

Scotti fell to the ground numerous times during the finals, clutching his side because he said he believes he cracked a rib and had trouble breathing during the match.

Neither team scored through regulation. John Bovill gave Jesuit a 1-0 lead with just over six minutes left in the second overtime.

Twenty seconds later, Granite Bay senior captain Zack Boyle tied the score, setting the stage for Scotti’s game-winner.

“I was ecstatic,” Granite Bay coach Steve Fischer said. “I knew there was almost no time left. I’m glad we won it that way; it’s a nice way to win.”

The loss was the first of the season for Jesuit (26-1-3), which was ranked No. 2 in the nation coming into the final. Jesuit tops the section with 10 titles and beat Granite Bay 3-1 on Sept. 14.

Division II – Cosumnes Oaks defeated Gregori of Modesto 2-1 for the school’s first boys section title in any sport.

In front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd, the Wolfpack finished 18-0-4.

“It’s amazing,” Cosumnes Oaks senior Collin Bettencourt said, who scored both second-half goals. “We never thought it was going to happen.

We got halfway through the season and we were undefeated and we said ‘Maybe we can with the whole thing.’ ”

Family affair – Capital Christian (21-4-0) won its second consecutive D-VI title and third consecutive overall (DV title in 2011) with a 5-0 victory over Encina.

A four-year varsity player, Devon Alvarez scored the fifth and final goal for the Cougars in his final match playing for his father, coach Ab Alvarez.

“It was the greatest thing,” Devon Alvarez said. “I love having my dad as a coach.”

New and the old – Liberty Ranch and Galt won section titles – both firsts for the programs.

Liberty Ranch (14-8-2) beat top-seeded Weston Ranch of Stockton 3-2 in the D-IV final. Galt (19-4-3) beat Riverbank 8-0 for the DV title.

Division III – Christian Brothers defeated Ceres’ Central Valley 3-2 at Stagg High School in Stockton. It’s the seventh overall section title for the Falcons (15-3-4) and their first since they won three consecutive D-II titles (2000-02).

Division VII – Forest Lake Christian won its fifth section title with a 2-1 victory over Faith Christian with goals by Hunter Seman and Scott Gauthier.

It was the Falcons’s first title since winning D-VI in 2006 (2-1 over Lindhurst).

SATURDAY’S SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS

at Cosumnes Oaks High School

DIVISION I

• No. 3 Granite Bay 2, No. 1 Jesuit 1

DIVISION II

• No. 2 Cosumnes Oaks 2, No. 5 Gregori 1

DIVISION VI

• No. 1 Capital Christian 5, No. 2 Encina 0

DIVISION VII

• No. 1 Forest Lake Christian 2, No. 2 Faith Christian 1

Stagg High School, Stockton

DIVISION III

• No. 3 Christian Brothers 3, Central Valley-Ceres 2

DIVISION IV

• No. 3 Liberty Ranch 3, No. 1 Weston Ranch 2

DIVISION V

• No. 2 Galt 8, No. 5 Riverbank 0

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