Folsom soccer team pulls out 1-0 win over Oak Ridge

By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge Trojans (0-1, 2-2-0) boys’ soccer team ended up where the Folsom Bulldogs (1-1, 1-6-0) were last week after losing a 1-0 decision to Folsom on Tuesday night. Despite a win-challenged preseason, the Bulldogs added a second win to their overall record by beating the Trojans with a 20th minute marker from Adrian Brand and evening their Delta River League record through two games. The win was Folsom’s first in two league matches, while it was Oak Ridge’s first loss in as many games. Oak Ridge owned the latter stages of the second half, pounding shots wide of Folsom goalkeeper Craig Stafford, who earned his second shutout win of the season. Folsom senior captain Tristan Rosenberger said his team expected a good game and to match up well against Oak Ridge entering the match. “Oak Ridge is a pretty physical team and we knew we could match up well with that. There was lots of tripping and pushing, but nothing too serious and we were able to stick in it and not concede a goal,” said Rosenberger. Matches between Oak Ridge and Folsom always bring more than league standings to the pitch. Trojan and Bulldog players know each other well – Rosenberger and Cameron Perkins, Oak Ridge’s talented junior, play together for Cap FC United. Folsom mainly controlled possession through the first half. Stafford was unchallenged for much of the match’s first 60 minutes. Sean Miller and Trojan offense pressed hard, but altogether still insignificant against Stafford. “We put a lot of pressure on them and they kept on playing the ball out wide and putting their shots wide. Our defense did a great job of pushing them wide and cutting off angles,” said Rosenberger. Logan Guler, Brandon Riel, Will Stewart and Zach Richardson were tasked with Folsom defense. Riel’s free kick midway through the first half nearly added to Folsom’s night. Other chances included second half breakaways from Kevin Getz and Greg Patenaude. A team rebounding from a 1-6 preseason record, Folsom has entered its ballot in the DRL. “I thought as a team we played well,” Rosenberger said. “[Not scoring] has been typical for us, we haven’t really taken a lot of shots on goal, but we’ve improved. From Jesuit to today, we had a lot more shots in this game.” Oak Ridge can even its record with a win over Sheldon on Thursday. Folsom’s next match is also against Sheldon, next Tuesday.