Trojans can't solve Granite Bay defense in 2-0 loss

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Coming into Thursday’s game at Granite Bay, Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ soccer team wanted to keep the momentum they gained in a 2-0 win over Rocklin on Tuesday.

While the Trojans (2-2 in league, 2-3-3 overall) played well, they did not get the result they were hoping for, as the Grizzlies (3-2, 6-3-1) came away with a 2-0 win.

Oak Ridge coach Billy Rowley was quite pleased with his team’s play, especially during the scoreless first half, but it didn’t result in any balls finding the back of the net.

“It’s the best I’ve seen them play,” Rowley said. “I saw some nice stuff, including possessing the ball 65 percent of the time in their zone. We didn’t test the goalkeeper as much as I would have liked, though.”

Tyler Trusler led the charge, distributing the ball all over the offensive third to Ethan Anderson, Cameron Sarner, Giovanni Marsh and Justin Poerio, among others. As well as the Trojans possessed the ball, it didn’t translate into many shots and certainly not any solid scoring chances.

At halftime, Rowley encouraged Poerio and Anderson to use their speed and skill to create some scoring opportunities one-v-one, with midfielder’s making overlapping runs when appropriate.

The Trojans continued to possess the ball in the second half, but it was the Grizzlies who scored. Off a counter attack, the Grizzlies played a long ball from the back and with two or three quick passes had a goal 14 minutes into the second half. The Grizzlies added another about 10 minutes later. Despite dominating the ball, Oak Ridge couldn’t create a good scoring opportunity against a solid Granite Bay defense.

Oak Ridge managed two goals against Rocklin on Tuesday. Sarner and Kyle Lopes both scored in the second half to secure the 2-0 win.

“The first 30 minutes was kind of scrappy with not much rhythm to our play,” Rowley said. “In the second half, we were creating chances and dominating the ball, which is what we like to do. We won 2-0, but it could have easily been three or four to nothing.”

The Trojans play at Del Oro on Tuesday before hosting Nevada Union on Thursday.