Oak Ridge soccer teams gearing up for final two games

By: Matt Long
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After suffering back-to-back losses to Del Oro and then Folsom, the Oak Ridge varsity girls’ soccer team knew they had to turn things around.

And they did just that last week with two big wins over Woodcreek, 1-0, on Feb. 7, followed by a 2-1 win over Rocklin on Thursday. Sofia Garza’s goal handed the league-leading Timberwolves their second-straight loss, having previously been undefeated. Two days later, Alexis Miller and Hannah Spence scored in the win over Rocklin. Madi Hold got both wins in goal for the Trojans.

“We had identified the last four league games as the pivotal point in our season and really pushed for a strong finish to try and secure a playoff spot,” Oak Ridge Coach Joe Champion said. “The girls responded excellently with two important wins, and two good performances. Now we look to keep that momentum going, as we move into the last week of the regular season. We are hoping to pick up some more points this week to take us into the playoffs.”

The Trojans (3-3-2 in league, 5-5-3 overall) travel to Granite Bay on Tuesday before playing host to Del Oro on Thursday.


Varsity boys

The Oak Ridge varsity boys’ team struggled last week, dropping a 1-0 decision to Woodcreek before tying Rocklin, 1-1.

The Trojans enter this week with a 4-5-1 record in league and a 6-6-2 mark overall with games at home against Granite Bay Tuesday and on the road at Del Oro on Thursday. The team sits in fourth place in league behind Folsom, Granite Bay and Rocklin and just in front of Woodcreek.

“We were all extremely disappointed with the result against Woodcreek,” Champion said. “Although we didn't play too badly, we still did not perform at the level that we expect and as a result did not get the win that we were looking for.

“The boys played slightly better against Rocklin, securing a late tie, but we were still largely disappointed not to have won the game because that was our aim. We started the game pretty well and dominated the game for large parts. We created quite a few good goal-scoring chances, but could not convert. They scored with one of the first real opportunities, which seems to have happened to us a lot this year. That changed the game and meant that were now forced to chase the game. We showed good fight to grab a late goal and possibly could and should have gone on to win it.”

Zack Hayden scored the game-tying goal with an assist from Jamison Waugh.