The Folsom United high school boys’ varsity and JV teams continued their winning streak with hard-fought wins last week, keeping Folsom teams in the number-one spot in their conference.
The varsity team beat Oakland Tech, 14-11, in a come-from-behind victory and the Orangevale Rams in a classic rivalry game, 14-10.
United faced a skilled Oakland team with a very impressive record against some of the Bay Area's strongest clubs. Oakland Tech has been beating teams by double digits. Folsom came out hard and fast and then moved to a more controlled offense in the second half. Chris Cudney was recognized for his excellence and tenacious play in goal.
In the Orangevale game, the United Varsity team played solid with a high-paced tempo featuring focused and accurate ball movement. The players were unselfish in their play and created multiple scoring opportunities. Bailey Laolagi earned the game ball for outstanding offensive play with four goals and three assists.
Folsom’s JV team picked up wins over Pleasanton 15-5 and Oakland Tech 15-1. Several players had their best performances, starting with Reilly Donohoo with three goals and two assists, Jory Jimenez (two goals, three assists), Ethan Sclare (four goals) and Eric Nelson (two goals, two assists). Dylan Wagner and Daniel Baquero also scored their first goals of the season.
The defense was strong, giving up a total of six goals and continuing to play good team defense, sliding and preventing the scoring in close. Kyle Olsen gave the team a scare with an injury, but was able to finish both games with some relief from Ethan Sclare, making 15 saves.
Two players who really stood out were Daniel Whitfield and Cole Thompson. Whitfield scored 11 goals and added three assists, while winning 22 faceoffs. After coach Ron Whitfield asked the team to focus on playing the right way in the second game, with dodging, drawing the slide and passing to the open man, Thompson stepped up and led the team, feeding the attacks off his dodge, which resulted in three goals for them and three assists for Thompson, who finished the weekend with four goals and three assists.
The JV team’s next game is at 5 p.m. Thursday on Kemp 2.