Bulldogs post two shutouts, JV team wins tourney

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s varsity soccer team improved to 4-1 on the season following a pair of 1-0 victories over Cordova and Rocklin. While the offense isn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard, Folsom’s defense has been solid, as keeper David Zezoff has been sharp. “David has played very well,” Folsom coach Mike McBride said. “He’s really stepped us this year as a senior and has been solid in all of our games. It’s always a bonus when your goalie does the job.” In the win over Cordova, RJ James found the back of the net with an assist from Joshua Sonnier, while Scott Hayes scored in the win over Rocklin. While Zezoff posted the shutouts, captain Bryan LePage feels the team could actually play better defensively. “We’ve been playing well, but I think we can get rid of the ball quicker in the back so our keeper doesn’t have so many shots on him,” LePage said. “We’ve been doing a good job hustling to the ball and never giving up. I also think we’ve bonded as a team and have good team chemistry.” McBride also said the team is getting along well and that’s been a key to their success. “It’s a good group and they’ve come together and play well together,” McBride said. “Their intensity has been incredible. They support each other and that’s rare because they’re fighting for playing time. It’s an unselfish group and they’re doing what I ask.” Folsom’s only game this week is at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Kemp Field against Rio Americano. JV team wins tourney Folsom’s junior varsity soccer team improved to 6-1 on the year by winning all four games of Natomas Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The four wins during the tournament, added to the two wins over Cordova and Rocklin earlier in the week, and the Bulldogs won six games last week. Folsom opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over El Camino on goals by Chris MacNeill, Brandon Bartel and Brandon Riel. The team put up another three goals in a 3-1 win over West Campus. Nathan Lee scored twice, including a highlight reel goal where he dribbled down the left side of the field, cut to the right and hooked the ball into the left corner of the net. Max Garrow also found the back of the net. Folsom won the third game by forfeit when Highlands only had eight guys show up for the Saturday morning game. In the championship game against McClatchy, Folsom won the game in penalty kicks, 4-2. McClatchy scored first in regulation, before Lee tied the game with a goal that eventually would send the game into overtime. McNeill, Riel, Garrow and Tim Van Tuyle all scored penalty kicks, while Folsom keeper Andrew Diggle made a diving save to his left early in PKs to give his team a big advantage.