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Crosstown Cup pits Folsom vs. Vista del Lago

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The city of Folsom’s premiere soccer event returns Saturday, April 27 to Livermore Park.

Matches between the Folsom Bulldogs (1-9-3) and Vista del Lago (7-1-2) girls’ soccer teams will be featured at the third annual Crosstown Cup, the JV game beginning at 5 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7 p.m.

The Folsom Soccer Club, local businesses and two cross-town rivals sponsor the evening’s raffle, vending and halftime events. Under-9 and under-14 teams from the Folsom Soccer Club will play at halftime.

In its short history, the Crosstown Cup began as the Challenge Cup between Vista del Lago and Oak Ridge two seasons ago.

Folsom since owns last year’s first meeting, a 3-2 victory led by then-senior Alyssa Jara’s two goals. Jara and 11 other seniors graduated from Folsom, while Vista only lost one. Safe to say, the Crosstown Cup belongs to a new class of girls’ soccer players in Folsom.

“I think everyone knows that we just have to win,” said Vista forward Janae Gonzalez, who leads her team with nine goals in 10 games this season.

The Crosstown Cup comes as Vista’s first match after finally losing hold of a 32-game league winning streak. A 5-1 loss to Liberty Ranch last Thursday was Vista’s first Sierra Valley Conference match in three years.

Folsom, meanwhile, hasn’t won a Delta River League match since last season. The roster and starting lineup is rich lately with underclassmen, including freshmen Jess Brandt, Catalina Guzman, Tracy Raffetto and Izzie Lueken.

A chance at the postseason came and went early this season, but Lueken was hopeful of the Crosstown Cup amidst a tough league schedule.

“Most of the teams we’re going to play are a lot older than us, so it’s a lot harder for us to compete, but this is a special game. We just need to get shots off and be able to connect passes,” said Lueken.

Ashley Hallums, Folsom goalkeeper, Jamie Baker, Folsom midfielder and defender Savannah Schultz are the only returning winners from last year’s match. Chayney Mata, returning Vista midfielder, scored one of Vista’s goals last year.

Tickets will be sold at the gate for $5 a person. Children ages 5-and-under enter free.

All proceeds benefit the soccer programs at the two Folsom schools.