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Folsom beats Oak Ridge 1-0 to finish undefeated league season

Both teams headed to playoffs
By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom secured a first-place finish in the Delta River League, beating second place Oak Ridge 1-0 on Wednesday. Both are headed to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. It was the final regular season match for both Folsom (8-0-2 in league, 13-0-3) and Oak Ridge (3-2-5 in league, 6-9-5). The Bulldogs won their second league match in as many against the Trojans ? handing Oak Ridge its only two losses in 4-1 and 1-0 matches. Alyssa Jara scored the lone goal, her third in two matches against Oak Ridge. The captain received a long assist from defensive captain MacKenzie Moreno and beat Trojan goalkeeper Nina Grimes for the 1-0 win in the 47th minute. Oak Ridge?s two shots in the half were the team?s only shots in the match. With the win, Folsom completed a successful unbeaten league record. ?It?s kind of sad that it?s our last league game, but I?m happy I was able to score and win,? Jara said. ?We?re really excited about going undefeated. Now I?m putting more pressure on myself to score heading into the playoffs.? Jara said her team will practice attacking in the week leading up to Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. The first round begins on Tuesday. Both teams? final regular season game also meant the last league game for seniors. Oak Ridge honored its six seniors at halftime. Both squads had six seniors in their starting lineups. Jara and Moreno were the only seniors ? let alone the only players for either team ? who took shots in the first half. Jara took two and Moreno had one, all three were on frame. Moreno skipped a shot off the crossbar in the 36th minute. It was the third and final shot for either team in the half. Folsom has drawn Laguna Creek (4-4-2 in league, 6-5-3) in the first round. Oak Ridge will play the Monticello Empire League first-place team, Vintage (11-1-2 in league, 15-2-2). Given the fact Folsom shares a bracket with Davis (7-1-2 in league, 19-2-2) and St. Mary?s of Stockton (9-0-0 in league, 25-1-0), Folsom coach Mike McBride said it will be a challenge to advance. ?We have one of the toughest draws you could probably ever get,? McBride said. ?We have a tough road ahead of us no matter what. Laguna hasn?t allowed very many goals either. We reached our first goal, which was to win league undefeated. We also restarted our freshman program this year, which is huge.? Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis said he knew Vintage lost in penalty kicks in the first round against Sheldon last year, but that he assumed the team had gotten better since. ?That means we do have the first week as a bye, though. We won?t play until Thursday, so that gives us a lot of preparation time,? Reis said. ?It?s kind of wide open and depends on how well we perform. As long as we keep everybody healthy I think we?re good to make a run.? Folsom returns to playoffs after missing last year?s for the first time in more than a decade. Oak Ridge also didn?t make the cut last year, but brings two Division II championships (2007, 2009) to the postseason. Notes Nearly two full teams of seniors played their final league matches in the Folsom and Oak Ridge matchup. Folsom had 12 seniors on its roster ? Alyssa Jara, Kiki Watson, MacKenzie Moreno, Shae Geary, Caitlyn Kretzschmar, Amberly Bole, Nicole Miller, Jenny Hackelman, Allison Horn, Allison Hart, Brigid McCurry and Paige Harrison. Oak Ridge had six seniors on its roster ? Heather Herb, Alex Ghilarducci, Cori Davis, Tiffani Reimers, Samantha Madsen and Mandi McBroom.