Underdog status and a 90-minute drive didn’t deter Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ soccer team from winning their opening-round playoff game.
The Trojans, seeded ninth, traveled to Modesto to face eighth-seeded Enochs and managed a goal in each half of the game to win it 2-0. Sophomores Sofia Garza and Alyssa Carranza scored the goals, while senior Ellen Smolarski had both assists. Madi Hold got the win in goal, as she kept the ball out of her net.
“It’s difficult to travel that far and face a team that we knew little about, but the girls handled it well,” Oak Ridge Coach Joe Champion said. “We scored early on, but were disappointed not to convert a number of other chances that would have put the game far out of reach before halftime. Enochs was motivated by the fact that the scoreline remained close, and we therefore had to face a little pressure in the second half before finding the killer second goal that finished the job.”
The Trojans now face top-seeded Davis on Friday.
“The girls will need to step up their play dramatically in the next round, as we face a very tough challenge in Davis,” Champion said.
The Oak Ridge varsity boys weren’t as fortunate, as they lost their playoff opener to McClatchy, 2-1.
Jamison Waugh scored the team’s lone goal to tie the game at one, but the Lions came back to score the game-winner.
“It was a close game that could have gone either way, and I felt that we were unlucky not to have come out on top,” Champion said. “We dominated the game for large periods and did well to fight back to 1-1, and at that point, we had all the momentum and looked like we would go on to win. However, they scored a very good, one-off goal out of the blue just as we were getting a head of steam and despite many attempts, we just couldn’t find that goal we needed.”