Crosstown Cup stays with Eagles

By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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By the slimmest of margins, Vista del Lago won a pair of one-goal games Saturday to win the battle of soccer supremacy in Folsom, as the varsity Eagles retained the Crosstown Cup, while the school’s junior varsity squad’s victory transferred the cup from Folsom to Vista del Lago. In the most sought-after victory in the most anticipated game of the season for both squads, Vista’s varsity team outscored Folsom 2-1 in the third annual Crosstown Cup game, while the junior varsity Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 1-0. Vista continued their early dominance over the Bulldogs, as they’ve won all three varsity matches between the teams, while the JV squad has won two of three. Varsity Vista del Lago scored two goals early in each half to build a comfortable lead. Matt Raymond scored the matches’ first marker with a well-placed chip around goalkeeper Craig Stafford in the 13th minute in a half dominated by the Eagles. The Bulldogs weren’t allowed a shot until the 41st and put two on frame. Folsom was on the receiving end of 10 more fouls calls (13-3) as Vista. Aside from yellow cards given to Logan Guler for arguing a tackle against Alex Ford and Brian Jung on a tackle, the most memorable was in the 46th. A penalty kick ended up being the deciding goal, scored by Ford in the 46th. Will Stewart headed in Folsom’s lone goal on a corner from Roberto Garcia in the 76th. The Bulldogs had three corners in the final five minutes of regular time. “The game was called fairly well, but a big call like that [the Ford PK] in a game like this, I wouldn’t have made that call,” said Stewart. “Both of these teams have solid defenses and attacking. It was a well-fought game.” Ford and Raymond had no problems scoring the deciding goal on a penalty. Both chalked it up as part of the game. “It puts us ahead by one,” said Ford matter-of-factly about his goal. “It’s part of the game.” “We ended up winning,” said Raymond. “It’s good to come back and win three times in a row.” Ford has won all three of his matches with varsity in the Crosstown Cup since the event started in 2010. Raymond has been with varsity for the last two wins and with JV for the inaugural year’s win. Vista outshot Folsom 16-4, challenging Folsom goalies Stafford and Greg Patenaude six times on frame for a combined five saves. Junior Varsity Vista captain Josh Vandermeyde ended up the hero for Vista, as he scored the game’s only goal 14 minutes into the game. Vandermeyde received a ball around 30 yards outside of Folsom goalkeeper Chris Johnson, who was otherwise spectacular in his six saves. The captain broke away from defense and chipped it by Johnson, skipping a 25-yard touch over the goalie’s head and softly into net. “I didn’t know it was going to be the game-winner, but it felt really good for that to go in,” said Vandermeyde, who plays with a number of Folsom players on the Folsom Red Bulls. “The goalie was coming out and left a huge gap so I just tried to put it right over him. We were all pretty devastated after last year, so we wanted to come back and take it. This is the most important game we play all year.” Folsom players and Red Bulls’ teammates Sean McBride and Justin Long were angry following the loss. Vandermeyde, McBride and Long played in last year’s game decided by PKs. Long banged a 45-yard strike off the left goal post in the 72nd minute. Of Folsom’s six shots – there were also chances on goal in the 80th and 81st – Long’s was the one which got away. “It makes me angry. I just want to get a win. This is the most important game of the year and it’s tough to lose it,” said Long. “Last year was interesting,” said McBride. “We had an inspirational speech at halftime which motivated us and we just couldn’t get that motivation this year.”