LIVERMORE -- Tuesday night was much more than just a rivalry game, as the Granada and Livermore high boys soccer teams both needed wins to get eligible for next month's North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
The host Cowboys dealt the Matadors a blow, winning 2-0, pushing their overall record to 8-6-3 and evening their East Bay Athletic League record at 3-3-1.
Jake Foscalina did the damage for Livermore, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes.
"When you score early everyone's heads get up and it sets the tone," Foscalina said. "It feels great and this is a big win going into the second half of league."
Foscalina is tied for the East Bay lead with 19 goals after his two scores, the first of which came just two minutes in as Tony Jimenez found him with a great ball through the middle. Foscalina played the ball off the keeper, who was coming out.
Foscalina, a junior forward, scored again six minutes later after a throw in landed in the six-yard area and could not be cleared. The prodigious striker nearly had a hat trick early in the second half and again late, but for great saves by Derek Wilcox.
Granada (5-6-1, 1-4-1) slips into the danger zone as a team must be at least .500 overall, in league or within their division, to qualify for the postseason. The Matadors have played all Division I teams this season.