Folsom Lake Earthquakes in state cup final on SundayBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
On Sunday the Folsom Earthquakes U-19 boys’ soccer team will be playing for the Northern California State Cup.
The game against Santa Clara Sporting will be played at 3:20 p.m. at Cosumnes River College and will have a decisive Folsom flavor. Twelve of the 19 players on the Earthquakes’ roster went to high school in Folsom. Abe Iniguez, Andrew Ratto, Adam Ratto, Carter Ching, Chris Cearlock, and Daniel McCloskey are Folsom High graduates, while Ethan Veirs, Grant DuBay, Jordan Young and Tanner Boyea are Vista del Lago graduates. Arman Salimi and Cole Porter will be seniors next year at Vista.
The team came together a year ago and has had great success, winning both their fall and spring leagues, while also appearing in several top-level tournaments with only a few losses.
Andrew Ratto is the team’s captain and leader at center back. He leads a defense that includes fellow Folsom High teammates Chris Cearlock and Carter Ching, along with Evan Gaudreau (Mira Loma), Garrett Ramos (Union Mine), Joe Ciminelli (McClatchy), Keyvon Adelzadeh (Granite Bay), and Ryan Kwong (Roseville).
Salimi and Frankie Turnbull (Jesuit) are the team’s goalie and split time equally in each game.
Up top, Folsom kids Iniguez, Porter, Veirs and Boyea are joined by Alex Chimienti, as that group is responsible for a bulk of the scoring. Midfielders include Adam Ratto, McCloskey, DuBay, Young and Serafin Olguin (Mira Loma).
“All of those guys are capable of scoring,” Coach Anthony Chimienti said. “Different game, different guy. They’re all dangerous and can make stuff happen. Jordan Young is our ‘ball winner’ in the midfield. He does a lot of the dirty work that goes unnoticed.”
The team, which trains three days a week in Folsom, is successful because of skill, talent, and hard work, but another key is chemistry.
“They play well together,” Chimienti said. “They’re very selfless, and there are no egos. They work hard and have fun. They compete, and they enjoy doing it, and that’s why they’ve been successful.
Chimienti feels the title game Sunday will be a good one, as both teams are evenly matched. The Earthquakes reached the title game following a 2-1 win over MVLA a few weeks ago.