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A little luck goes a long way for Folsom soccer team

By: Patrick Ibarra
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The winning team didn’t wear green, and there were no leprechauns promising pots of gold at the end of rainbow at Livermore Park in Folsom on March 17, but local soccer fans were treated to a bit of luck and a lot of goals by the home team as the Folsom High School varsity girls’ soccer team scored another big win in its early season schedule. Two players scored twice each as the Bulldogs stormed ahead to an easy 5-0 victory over the Monterey Trail Mustangs. “I was very happy with the girls today,” said Folsom coach Mike McBride. “It’s what we’ve been working on since February. When it comes through like that, that’s what you like to see.” Granted, it wasn’t Folsom’s toughest opponent, but it was a dominant performance by the Bulldogs, who saw some usual successful team play and one quite unusual feat. While dynamic scorer Alex Leary scored two goals in the game, adding to what should be a high total by the end of the season, it was two goals by Kelly White that stole the show. White, who held a spot in the defensive back most of the match, took two opportunities on corner kicks and made the best of them. Trying to put the ball in just the right spot for a score, most likely through a deflection by a teammate, White in the first half shot a corner kick straight into the opposite end of the goal untouched, wowing fans and stunning Monterey Trail’s goalie. In the second half, she did it again. “I usually just try to find the back post, and open players,” White said after the match. “I was aiming for the back post, though, hoping they would go in.” Both attempts snuck through a swarm of players from both teams, giving Folsom a 2-0 lead in the first half and a 4-0 lead in the second half. Another insurance goal late gave Folsom the blowout win. “The first one, I was really surprised (when it went in),” White said of her goals. “The second one, I was surprised again.” Leary started the scoring in the first half on a deflection off of an early corner kick by Folsom. After White’s first half goal, Folsom’s Taylor Hardoin received a pass, dribbled past a defender and scored to put the Bulldogs up 3-0 at the half. After White’s second goal, Leary scored the game’s final goal off an assist by Rachael Lewin. “We have a good offense,” White said. “I think we’re growing as a team and becoming better; we’re meshing more together. When we play possession and move the ball around a lot, it helps us. We let the ball do the work and usually get good opportunities to score.” The win was a much needed one for Folsom, who bounced back from a tough loss recently. “We didn’t play last week, which was good because we got pretty beat up,” McBride said. “We had players that were banged up.” This time, it was Folsom delivering the beating, and it was thanks to a strong team unity on the field. “They’re a really close group of kids,” McBride said. “It’s really nice to see that.”