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Oak Ridge soccer defeats Folsom, 3-0

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The difference one year can make.

Folsom (0-1, 1-3-2) and Oak Ridge (5-1-1) girls’ soccer teams met in El Dorado Hills on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans returned from last year’s two-game drought by dominating their visiting rival to the tune of a 3-0 shutout to begin the Delta River League.

Last year’s success for the Bulldogs led them undefeated through the Delta River League and into the section semifinals. Oak Ridge exited in the first round, but has so far has had the better off-season turnaround.

Carisa Rivers' shot off the crossbar found Miranda Miller in position for the rebound goal in the sixth minute. Teammate Hannah Miller netted two more for good measure in the 23rd and 58th.

“The win is great for the team, because we have a new coach and everything. I think it really bonded us together,” said Hannah Miller. “I owe the goals to my team for the amazing plays and passes.”

Goalkeeper Nina Grimes earned her third-straight shutout. In that streak, Oak Ridge has outscored its opponents 8-0.

Folsom managed five shots against 16 by Oak Ridge, which also had the majority of possession from the start. The match was equally physical, but Oak Ridge earned a yellow in each half.

Savannah Schultz took all and nearly 10 set-piece opportunities from anywhere around 20-50 yards. Her best chances were the team’s best.

“My leg gets tired so I’m not going to try and force it in the goal every time,” said Schultz. “I thought we did pretty well for losing 12 seniors last year. I think that this is like a call that we need to push ourselves.”

Oak Ridge is benefitting this season from the return of a strong class of 10 juniors and the hiring of head coach Joe Champion and assistant coach Eric Davidson.

The Trojans’ appear poised to challenge for a top finish in league play. Only one game into the Delta River League, the Bulldogs are still the defending champions with a lot of games to play.

Both teams are on the road to begin next week. Oak Ridge plays at Sheldon on Tuesday, while Folsom is at St. Francis.