Folsom topples Ponderosa, 1-0

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Down a couple players, the Delta River League’s best still pulled out another win. With a 1-0 shutout of visiting Ponderosa on Monday, the Folsom Bulldogs (2-0-1) moved a step ahead the rest of league. It was again Alyssa Jara, who supplied all the offense. Jara’s goal came in the 22nd minute, countering a Ponderosa free kick. She broke from midfield through multiple defenders, opening a challenge between her and the keeper and finished across goal to the left side. In three games, Jara has tallied all three goals in a 2-1 win over St. Francis and this most recent against Ponderosa. In between home wins and on a less-than-manicured field at Sheldon (0-0-2), Folsom pulled out a scoreless even match. “I feel like we’re pretty much on top of the other teams,” Jara said. “Luckily, we were able to fill in spots today and get the win to stay on top.” Missing in Folsom’s lineup were defensive captain MacKenzie Moreno, freshman defender Sierra Del Frate and sophomore midfielder MacKenzie Benstead. Off a 1-1 tie to Oak Ridge in its last game, Ponderosa wasn’t allowed a shot in the second half. Folsom took an additional five in the second, on top of three-of-four shots on frame in the first. McCall Madriago, Jenny Hackelman and Jamie Baker had chances to add to their lead, but settled for another one goal win. “I’m surprised [Ponderosa] didn’t score,” Jara said. “They played physical the whole game, but fortunately my goal was good enough to give our team another win. Overall, my team did really well.” Senior midfielder Paige Harrison was especially effective in disrupting the Bruins’ offensive game. They managed a total four shots, all in the first half and none on frame. The Bulldogs outlasted more than four minutes of stoppage in each half and six calls against in the second alone. “That shows how good our back line is when we’re missing two starters,” Folsom coach Mike McBride said. “We’re still developing as a team. I don’t think we’re playing quite as a group yet as we should be, but that takes eight or 10 games to get there.” With the way things are going, they could be peaking just as they enter Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs a month from now.