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United earns more high-scoring wins

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom United varsity boys continued their winning streak in high-scoring action. The United varsity defeated Rio City, 18-6 at home and then went on the road and defeated the Stockton Spartans, 19-8. The United controlled both games from the start with their shooting and defense. Attack players scored season-high goals and United also earned a record-high 13 assists in the game. Also, adding winning scores this week were Brayden Shouse, Grant Petchauer, Michael Webster and Hunter Holden. Lucas Santos-Cortes once again ruled at the faceoff. Also, Jeremy Sommer won a faceoff then ran down the field and scored a goal. Even defender Austin Ibanez took away the ball from Stockton attack and sped down the field and scored. The 5-1 United varsity faces its toughest challenge of the season when they play host to undefeated Pleasant Grove at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The United varsity girls hosted their first home games this weekend but fell to Stockton 12-5 and the Redding Wildfire 10-6. Lindsey Michalek and Nicole Terry led the way for United. “Both games were against incredible teams and the girls played their hardest, showing tremendous improvement from the beginning of the season,” Coach Becca Hintz said. “We look forward to using this weekend as a learning opportunity." The Folsom United JV extended its winning streak at four games beating Woodcreek 16-3 with seven players scoring, while the team finished with nine assists. “The team is really showing what they have worked on in practice, attacks, moving to the ball and cutting and the middies dodging and passing to the cutters on the slides, while the defense is playing excellent pressure defense," said coach Ron Whitfield. "This is a group of players that will have success for years playing this type of team play. Tim Bonnington continues to control faceoffs, as he won 14 out of 16, while Keegan Banks continues his scoring streak with four goals. Daniel Whitfield was the team leader in points with six, scoring three goals and adding three assists, while Nathan Whitfield added four goals and one assist. Cole Thompson had his best game with two goals, cutting to the crease and being rewarded with feeds. Jarod Hansen had his best game with two points, one goal and one assist. The defense continued to show its strength in pressuring Woodcreek and just giving up three goals with Chris Cudney and Tyler Crandell in goal saving over 75 percent of the shots and defenders Paulo Garcia, Landon Felsen, Kyle Guillams, Calab Patterson and Michael Mabourak playing tough. The teams plays Pleasant grove at 5 p.m. Wednesday at home. The youth teams struggled as the U15 and U13 teams lost to the Granite Bay Grizzlies. The U15 lost 10-7 but maintain a winning record of 6-2, while the U13 team is 4-4. The U15 team played league-leading Granite Bay and came up just short. Folsom’s defense, led by “Lefty” Schaal and Joe Sullivan, was challenged early by Granite Bay. Unfortunately, unforced errors on the offensive end of the field proved the Folsom team’s undoing. The U13 played tight and were tied 3-3 at one point but couldn’t hang on. The U11 did not see action this week and so remain undefeated at 6-0.