Benstead leads Folsom over St. Francis 2-1

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity soccer team proved that their earlier 2-1 win over St. Francis was no fluke, and they did so in the face of a little adversity. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-0-1 in the Delta River League and to 9-0-2 overall Wednesday with their second 2-1 win over the Troubadours, this time coming on road. “That’s a record,” Folsom coach Mike McBride said after his team defeated St. Francis for a second time this season. “We’ve had a few good wins and we just have to finish it off. There are no slouches in our league and we’ve got to take it one game at a time.” Alyssa Jara scored the game’s first goal a little past the midpoint of the first half to put the Lady Bulldogs in front. MacKenzie Benstead, out on the wing, crossed the ball in front of the net, which a St. Francis defender couldn’t corral and Jara picked up the loose ball right in front of the keeper and quickly punched it by her and into the back of the net. Twenty-five minutes into the second half, St. Francis tied the score on a penalty kick; taking momentum away from the Bulldogs. Folsom players thought the play was offside and McBride disagreed with the foul call that gave the Troubadours the PK, but nevertheless, the game was tied. St. Francis carried the momentum for awhile, but with eight minutes left, Benstead scored the game-winning goal, getting to a loose ball before the keeper and putting in the back of the net. “I think Alyssa crossed it over a defender’s head and I was able to tap it in,” said Benstead, who was in on both of Folsom’s goals. “We did a pretty good job today working together. We had to win this game. We were a little frazzled after their goal, but we got it back together.” McBride is pleased with his team’s play. “We’re starting to click offensively,” McBride said. “Early on it was just Alyssa and now everybody is involved. You can see the girls making good runs. It doesn’t hurt us defensively, that we’ve got solid defenders in Kiki Watson, Amberly Bole, MacKenzie Moreno, Savannah Schultz, Sierra Del Frate and Allison Horn. We’ve got a lot of depth.” Folsom’s next game is Friday against Vista in the Crosstown Cup at Prairie City Stadium. The junior varsity game is at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 8 p.m.