Bulldogs fall to Jesuit in league opener, 4-0

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s soccer team opened Delta River League play on Saturday with a 4-0 loss to Jesuit. The Marauders are bigger, faster and better than the Bulldogs and it showed on the scoreboard, but Folsom (1-5-0) didn’t back down and played their game despite suffering the loss. There are worse things that can happen to a team than losing to the perennial powerhouse Marauders. “Mentally, we were fine today; the boys came to play,” Folsom coach Ray Robitaille said. “We played our game; they kids followed instructions and did what they were expected to do. Our biggest problem today was that we had so many injuries and then we were down a man. We were banged up and then we got into a situation where we had to put people in positions where their set of strengths weren’t able to be utilized. On top of that, Jesuit presents a fine program.” Right from the start the Marauders showed they had superior speed and skill, as they played a ball up through the middle, where the Jesuit player easily outran a Folsom defender to gain possession of the ball deep in Folsom’s defensive end, which led to a scoring opportunity. Four minutes into the game Jesuit opened the scoring after it looked like Folsom keeper Greg Patenaude had things under control. Patenaude made the save on the Jesuit shot at close range, but the ball deflected off Patenaude’s hands up into the air and when the ball came back down and hit the ground, it backed into Folsom’s goal with some serious backspin. Twenty-two minutes later the Marauders struck again when a cross from the wing was deflected up and over Patenaude, again at close range, for the second goal. The Marauders’ third goal of the first half came on a penalty kick, while the Marauders tacked on one more goal in the second half. “Every time we play there’s always room for improvement, but everyone did what was expected of them today,” Robitaille said. Earlier in the week Folsom picked up its first win of the season by defeating Cordova, 3-0. Folsom opened the week with a 2-0 loss to Grant. After playing Oak Ridge on Tuesday, Folsom’s next game is home against Sheldon on Oct. 2.