Bulldogs' soccer season ends in first round 2-1 loss to Vintage

By: Matt Long
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A solid season came to an end on Friday for Folsom High’s varsity boys’ soccer team. In the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, the Bulldogs traveled to Napa and lost to Vintage High, 2-1. It’s the third time in four years that Folsom has been eliminated by Vintage and all three losses have come on the road. Folsom had its best performance of the three games, however, scoring first and leading most of the game before two late goals by Vintage ended its season. Zach Williams scored Folsom’s only goal five minutes into the game and Folsom maintained that lead throughout the rest of the half. Vintage tied the game with eight minutes to play and then scored the game-winning goal three minutes later. Vintage’s first goal came on a through ball and run, which McBride thought the attacking player was offside. The game-winning goal came off a rebound of a shot that Folsom keeper David Zezoff couldn’t corral. “I’d call them garbage goals,” McBride said. “One goal I thought was offside and the other was a rebound off our goalie.” As usual, the Bulldogs had other opportunities to score, particularly in the first half, but didn’t. Despite the disappointing loss, McBride felt that his team played well. “We scored first which is something we usually don’t do,” McBride said. “I thought we played very well. We had more opportunities to score in the first half, but in the second half they were pressing us really hard.” After the game, McBride thanked his team for a good season, as the team finished with an 11-6-4 record. “It’s a good group and I haven’t had any problems with any of them and I thanked them for that,” McBride said. “They always supported each other and I’m very happy with them.”