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Folsom ends season with 3-1 win over Oak Ridge

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Lady Bulldogs celebrated their “Senior Player Extravaganza” during a day-game on a hot Prairie City Stadium turf field. Three Lady Bulldogs scored in their 3-1 season finale victory over rival Oak Ridge on Wednesday. Down 2-0 in the 56th minute of the second half, Oak Ridge freshman Cheyanne Gold prevented a shutout by with her team’s only goal. Caitlyn Kretzschmar and MacKenzie Benstead were responsible for putting Folsom ahead by a two-goal lead. Kretzschmar sent the Lady Bulldogs to halftime up by one with a finish on a corner kick in the 23rd minute. Quickly into the second half the Lady Bulldogs freshman MacKenzie Benstead scored her third goal in the last two games at the 49th minute mark. Folsom’s final goal of the season and the last allowed by Oak Ridge belonged to McCall Madriago, who cleaned up a shot from teammate Chelsea Cino in the 61st. The Folsom soccer program used halftime to celebrate their five seniors playing in their last high school game. Amanda Vandermeyde (Chico State) and Danielle Zezoff (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) leave the team, while Anne Seibel , Chelsea Cino and Nicole Donato will all attend the University of Nevada, Reno. “It’s pretty sad because I’ve played with a lot of these girls since I was eight or nine,” said Donato, who played three games all season after an ankle injury. She also said how excited she was to be moving on with some long-time friends. The seniors leave head coach Mike McBride in the hands of 14 freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Cino said if she could offer any advice to her now former teammates, it would be to have fun and enjoy it. “You only get a couple of years to play on this team so you have to enjoy it,” said Cino. “We’ve lost just about every game so it was good to win one and this was a good one to win,” added Zezoff. As for expectations of next season, McBride began by saying how much fun it was to watch his team come together as a unit. “We didn’t have the best season record-wise, but we still had a great season,” said McBride. “Of course some JV players will come up and there will be new players next season. We’ve outplayed a lot of teams this year so it’s been kind of bittersweet, but we’ve found some pieces and will move forward.” Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis said finishing toward the bottom of the six-team Delta River League was disappointing. “It’s hard when you have to come from behind and make that push for playoffs,” said Reis. “It’s been a tough season losing players in and out. We’ll do some training in the offseason and things will get back to normal.” The Lady Trojans graduate four seniors in Taylor Camin, Alexandra Ghilarducci, Haley Karickhoff and Ashley Pearl.