Folsom soccer team falls to Sheldon, 2-0

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Back-to-back shutout losses heading into spring break doesn’t have the Folsom girls’ soccer team down.

Lacking seniority and a Delta River League win, the Lady Bulldogs (0-3) latest loss was a 2-0 drought against visiting Sheldon (2-1) Thursday afternoon. Sheldon was aggressive early, benefitting from goals in the 23rd and at the final whistle in the 81st.

With injuries and ineligible players, eight of Folsom’s 11 players on the field in the second half were underclassmen. Not coincidentally, the team’s play improved in the half.

“I was looking for every opportunity I could, but it was hard to pace the ball on turf and against the wind. I think if we had slower-paced balls then I or anyone could have gotten a good shot off,” said freshman striker Izzie Lueken.

Folsom doubled the number of shots Sheldon took in the second half. Lueken was often the energetic core attempting to distribute the ball.

Senior goaltender Ashley Hallums settled some defensive issues with her five saves. She prevented a sure-header goal in the 49th and had three saves inside the first 12 minutes of the match.

At the back end of 80 minutes, the Lady Bulldogs earned three corners in the final three minutes. Freshman midfielder Jess Brandt and freshman defender Tracy Raffetto nearly teamed up on a long throw in the 76th.

Raffetto was starting on defense for a second-straight match.

“It’s much different than freshman and JV in terms of pace and aggressiveness,” said Raffetto of playing with the varsity team. “We’re still getting used to playing with each other, but we still have a chance.”

The Delta River League has three teams – Ponderosa, Pleasant Grove and Folsom – lacking a league win through three games played.

Folsom plays host to West Campus April 4 before getting back into league play April 9 at home against Ponderosa.