The Bee’s new No. 1 high school soccer team is actually a familiar top dog.
Granite Bay returns to the top, having started this season No. 2 and finishing the 2013 season as Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, beating Jesuit 2-1 in overtime.
The Grizzlies (7-0) replaced Jesuit at No. 1 after victories over new No. 2 Davis (2-1) and No. 12 Del Oro (2-1). Granite Bay will quickly be challenged with No. 4 Christian Brothers looming Wednesday and No. 9 Oak Ridge on Friday.
Granite Bay graduated its top four scorers from last season, though coach Steve Fischer sensed his key returning seniors would lead the team and recover just fine.
The Grizzlies are led by midfielder and co-captain Corban Anderson, the 2013 Sierra Foothill League MVP headed to Washington on scholarship, and junior Hunter Loomis, the team leader in goals (seven) and assists (four). Other key seniors include co-captain Zach Vane, Peter Spafford and Ryan Ingersoll.
Granite Bay’s title last season was its first in D-I after Fischer led the Grizzlies to D-II championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Blue Devils surge – Pouncing on a depleted Jesuit team minus eight starters, Davis registered a 3-1 Delta League victory over its longtime rival. The teams were state-ranked No. 1 (Jesuit) and 2 (Davis) by topdrawersoccer.com.
Jesuit was without six players for what Marauders coach Paul Rose deemed “behavioral issues” and two others had to sit because of red cards from an earlier match. All-American goalkeeper Luc Barbe helped keep Jesuit close for a while as the Blue Devils played without their best player, D.J. Villegas, also out because of a red-card infraction. Ricky Gonzales scored two goals and Francis Avoce one for the Blue Devils.
Jesuit responded with wins of 4-1 over Rio Americano and 8-0 over Elk Grove (). The Davis-Jesuit rematch is Oct. 11 at Bonney Field.
Et cetera – Previously unranked Bella Vista helped knock Capital Christian down five spots to No. 8 with a 3-2 victory Saturday in the host’s Capital Cup Challenge, halting the Cougars’ 19-game winning streak that included repeating as section D-VI champions in 2013.
Bella Vista received goals from Gary Valadez and Alec Vasquez with the game winner coming from Devin Miller. The Broncos start just three seniors.
“We’re young but getting better,” said Bella Vista coach Matt Contreras, who led the Broncos to section D-II titles in 2011 and 2012.
Three days after its boys soccer team scored a measure of triumph in tying Jesuit 1-1, Pleasant Grove stunned longtime power St. Francis 3-1, ending the Troubadours’ 15-year, 104-match league winning streak.
The Eagles climbed from No. 8 in The Bee’s rankings to No. 4, one spot ahead of St. Francis, a team they will likely face for the Delta League championship on Oct. 14 at St. Francis, though No. 13 Davis, No. 15 Elk Grove and No. 20 Franklin are still in the mix, too.
Pleasant Grove (8-1) is led by 6-foot-3 middle blocker Sumeet Gill, who is headed to Oregon, 6-3 outside hitter Alexis Light, her sister, 5-10 setter Liliana Light, and 5-10 outside hitter Kayla Williams, whom coach Brian Contreras calls “a big jumper!”
The inspirational player is 5-11 outside hitter Erika Sullivan, who tried to gut it out with micro fractures in her back last season, and later spent five months in a back brace..
State-ranked No. 2 Davis won the De La Salle/Corondelet Nike Cross Country Invitational girls race in Concord.
Fiona O’Keeffe shattered the 3-mile course record by 43 seconds, winning in 17 minutes, 5 seconds. Sofia Castiglioni, Maggie McManis and Abigail Fisk all placed in the top 20 for the Blue Devils.