Bulldog soccer team has big week ahead

By: Matt Long
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Next week will likely decide if Folsom makes the playoffs or not. The top-three teams in the Delta River League will earn a berth in the postseason and the Bulldogs need a big week to make that happen. With Jesuit atop the league standings and Sheldon currently safe in second place, the Bulldogs are currently in third place thanks to a 1-0 win over Pleasant Grove on Thursday. Second place is where they really want to be though. “We’re going for second place,” Folsom coach Mike McBride said. “If we beat Monterey Trail and Florin next week, that match with Sheldon on Thursday could be for second place.” The Bulldogs face Monterey Trail on Monday and Florin on Tuesday. It will be the team’s first game against the Mustangs (0-4-1) and then the team will be looking for revenge against Florin (0-1-3) and Sheldon (4-0-1). Folsom tied both teams at one in earlier meetings this season. McBride felt his team should have won both games. Folsom’s only goal against Pleasant Grove came on a penalty shot by Scott Hayes late in the first half. Marcos Showers played a ball through to Hayes, who was taken down in the box. Hayes put his penalty kick up high under the bar to Pleasant Grove’s keeper’s right. Though Folsom’s goal came in the first half, the team played much better in the second half, possessing the ball for much of the half and creating several scoring opportunities. Folsom captain Bryan Lepage had a great opportunity, which Pleasant Grove’s keeper made a diving save to stop. Defensively, Conner Vickers and Tanner Chadwell led the defensive effort with several nice defensive plays, while keeper David Zezoff made all the plays he needed to make. “We tend not to play to our ability early in games, but we did a great job in the second half,” McBride said. “Everyone played well today and we played everybody. I’m pleased with the development of the kids. Tanner and Connor played well. They’re both quiet kids, but they did an outstanding job.” Chadwell is a sophomore, as is Evan Woodruff, Calvin Millet, Aaron Iniquez and Drew Whitney. “We’re getting a lot of help from our sophomores,” McBride added.