Jara lifts Folsom over St. Francis, 2-1

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Prairie City Stadium was the venue as a seven-year record was shattered on Monday afternoon. The Folsom girls’ soccer team sent the St. Francis Troubadours away with a losing record to begin Delta River League play. The Bulldogs improved 4-0-1, dropping arguably the most successful of Division I teams in a 2-1 final. St. Francis won seven of the past 10 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships, but this year the Bulldogs put up quite the opening statement. Alyssa Jara put away both goals. The Bulldogs were 1-9-5 against St. Francis dating back to 2005. Jara was also the first Folsom player to score two goals on the Troubadours in as long. After the game, she said her team is strong defensively, but relies on her to contribute a lot of the scoring. Her first goal in the 25th took Folsom’s first lead. Her second and game-winning strike in the 62nd reclaimed it. “Since my freshman year on varsity we haven’t beaten this team at all, so it’s just been really frustrating,” Jara said. “I took the lead because I knew it was crucial and we needed to win. Before the game I was really nervous, but now we’re right there with St. Francis as one of the top teams.” Jara and one of her defensive team captains, Mackenzie Moreno, were reluctant to say they were the league’s top team after one game played. Despite their modesty, the Bulldogs played the final 15 minutes with 10 players on the field. Mackenzie Benstead was given a straight red card in a game where there were no other cards previous or thereafter. “It did get a little shaky toward the end and we allowed in a goal, but we held it together,” Moreno said. With Moreno in a 4-4-3 setup are defensemen Savannah Shultz, Co-captain Allison Horn and Amberly Bole. Together the four kept St. Francis to a single shot. The shot happened to land at the feet of the St. Francis player after another Troubadour player was blocked. All in all the Bulldogs look like a team to be reckoned with. Only two other league teams have winning overall records as of Monday -- Pleasant Grove (5-1-1), who tied the league opener for both teams against Ponderosa (5-4-3). Sheldon (2-1-3) is up next for Folsom. The Bulldogs will enter on a four-game win streak since tying Woodcreek on March 1. They face Ponderosa and Pleasant Grove next week.