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Oak Ridge scores twice in 2-0 win over Folsom

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Another win for the Oak Ridge girls’ soccer team meant another loss for rival host Folsom.

The Trojans’ (4-1-1) won their first game in the last four played, while the 2-0 loss on Tuesday afternoon sent Folsom (0-6-0) to its eighth loss in nine games. Oak Ridge leads the Delta River League. Folsom is four games away from a winless season, having already lost to the same four teams.

“The wind definitely helped. It made it a lot easier to get off shots and connect the ball,” said Oak Ridge’s Carisa Rivers, who assisted both goals. “The girls weren’t marked or anything up there, so they were in the right place.”

Positioned well was Julia Crawford in the opening 30 seconds of the second half. Crawford’s more than 40-yard strike was the dagger, doing what Folsom was unable to in 40 minutes of wind favor in the first half.

“It was really nerve-racking, I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t think I was going to be starting the game,” said sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Bartel, who was called up for her first varsity game.

Bartel played all 80-plus minutes, gathering four saves in the second half. Opposite her, Nina Grimes stopped a penalty kick in the 55th.

Jamie Baker’s PK eased its way to Grimes. Along with a free kick on the 18-yard box in the 79th, they were the only two Folsom shots on goal in the half, against the wind.

Two teams headed in opposite directions, the Bulldogs’ are eager to host St. Francis (2-0-2) on Thursday, following a 3-0 loss at St. Francis March 19. The game starts at 4 p.m.

Oak Ridge hosts Sheldon (2-4-0) Thursday at 4 p.m.