High School Sports

Christian Brothers comes up short in D-III boys soccer final 

By Bill Paterson

Jose Barrera’s 30-yard blast late in the second overtime lifted third-seeded Oakdale to a 2-1 win over top-seeded and defending champion Christian Brothers in today’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys soccer championship match at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.

Michael Arauza scored a few minutes into the match to give Oakdale (20-5-3) the lead.

Kristian Heptner tied it 1-1 shortly before the end of the first half by finding a rare bit of space between two defenders and footing it past the goalkeeper.

It was the 6-foot-3 senior’s section-leading 44 goal, a career for most prep forwards.

 “Tip my hat to Oakdale, they played a great game,” said CBS coach Jacob Hunley. “We had some chances, they have some chances. Unfortunately we didn’t come away with the banner this year.”

The match was played in front of two spirited rooting sections.

Heptner, headed to UC Davis, is considered one of the top players in the section. He was treated that way by Oakdale.

Yet despite almost always being in a crowd, he still got off several dangerous attempts.

“There is no secret,” Hunley said. “He can’t hide. Teams devise game plans to stop him. And every game he has found a way to get it done. But Oakdale did just enough today.”

Christian Brothers, which was nationally ranked, finishes 17-2-4.