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Crosstown cups reside at Vista

By: Matt Long
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The Crosstown Cups reside at Vista del Lago High School. The Eagles’ varsity and junior varsity soccer teams defeated Folsom, 4-1 and 4-0, respectively, to earn not only the two cups, but also bragging rights until the teams meet again next season. A large and enthusiastic crowd estimated near 1,000 took in the game Saturday night at Prairie City Stadium. Vista’s Tim Fairley scored three goals to lead the Eagles’ varsity squad to victory. At the junior varsity level, Vista’s Matt Raymond and Nick Michaels both scored a pair of goals in the win. While Folsom varsity coach Ray Robitaille would have loved to win the match, the event itself was much more important to him. “A lot of people did a lot of work over the last three weeks to make this event possible and I couldn’t have anticipated a better outcome,” Robitaille said of the hugely successful event. “The outcome was important, but I think it’s secondary in comparison to the event itself. This was about the community coming together more than it was us against them.” Vista del Lago varsity coach Jimmy Frazelle agreed. “The crowd was great and it shows that the community’s support is there,” Frazelle said. “So many kids in this town play soccer and this was a huge event. I loved the excitement and the energy.” Fairley scored the game’s first goal 10 minutes into the game. “I got a little lucky,” Fairley said. “A guy tried to clear it and it went off my face and I was able to finish it in the net.” With 13 minutes to play in the first half, Folsom’s Calvin Millett tied the game, capitalizing on a Vista turnover and blasting one by Brian Werner. The second half, however, was all Vista. Jake Murphy scored nine minutes into the half on a long, left-footed shot from about 40 yards out that sailed over the head of Folsom keeper Brandon Bartel. Fairley scored two more to finish the scoring. “The second one I got the ball out wide and was able to beat a defender and get the shot off,” Fairley said. “On the third one, I got a great ball from Munraj (Singh) and put it away.” After all five goals in the game, the supportive crowd let the players known they appreciated the performance. “The crowd was great,” Fairley said. “My adrenaline was pumping all night.” Vista junior varsity coach Joe Esfandiary was pleased with his team’s performance as well as grateful for the opportunity to play in the game. “The kids will remember this for a long time,” Esfandiary said. “It was time to hold this event and I’m glad we had the opportunity to do it.” Folsom High junior varsity coach Aaron Agnew also enjoyed the game. “It was a great for the kids and it was great for the city,” Agnew said. “It was a great game in this setting too.”