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Folsom gets best of Vista in Crosstown Cup

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom successfully hoisted both of this year’s Crosstown Cup trophies after the JV squad put away rival Vista del Lago 2-0 and varsity followed with a 3-2 finish. More than 700 people filed into Prairie City Stadium to witness Folsom’s two high schools battle it out for the city’s top soccer honors. Leily Ghods scored in the 77th to assure the JV team’s win and MacKenzie Moreno provided the encore, scoring in the 58th minute to push Folsom’s varsity team to its second cup in as many matches. The city’s two high schools hadn’t played one another in three years. Folsom forward Alyssa Jara made up for lost time and did one better than her previous performance. Jara scored twice in the first half – unassisted in the fourth minute and on a penalty kick in the 26th – making it three goals in two wins against her Crosstown Cup rival. “After the first two goals I scored I thought we had it in the bag, but once they scored we let up a bit,” Jara said. “Luckily MacKenzie got the corner and we got the game. The team’s really happy that we won this game. Everyone was just so nervous, but this means a lot to us to win it.” Vista freshman forward Janae Gonzales was the catalyst against Folsom. She assisted both goals – one to MacKenzie Mercier in the 38th and the 2-2 equalizer to Chayney Mata on a corner kick in the 44th. Gonzales wasn’t disappointed in her team’s effort. She said she has three years ahead of her to contend for a Crosstown Cup win. “I think since I do have three more years to potentially play this game, it wasn’t as big of a deal to lose as I thought it might be. I just wanted our team to play well and we did,” Gonzales said. Gonzales is one of two freshmen on varsity, the other being defender Emily Bringgold. Their fellow classmates on the JV squad battled it out in the match before theirs. Natalie Silcox put Folsom up 1-0 in the first half and Ghods added the first exclamation point of the night in the final three minutes. Chris Ciampa, Vista JV coach, is Ghods’s and a handful of other Folsom JV players’ club coach for the Folsom Arsenal. Ghods said knowing the other team well certainly paid off. “I really wanted to win the game and make sure that they knew if they try to mess with us we will always win,” Ghods said while laughing. “It was really good to score because a lot of my guy friends were on the JV boys’ team and they said if we didn’t win they’d hold it against us.” Folsom beat Vista 1-0 in the boys’ Crosstown Cup back in September. Coaches said they expected to raise more than $1,000 for each school’s program following the turnout for the girls’ matches. Youth soccer teams escorted both Folsom and Vista teams to the field, assisted as ball girls and played one match at each halftime. The under- 10 match featured the Folsom Flash against the Folsom Firebolts at halftime of the JV match, while the under-14 match featured the Folsom Strykers against the Folsom Frenzy at halftime of the varsity match.