Folsom soccer team defeats Oak Ridge 3-1

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom continued its recent winning ways on Monday at Kemp Park where it held rival Oak Ridge scoreless through most of the match and added to their midseason run with a 3-1 victory. The second half match belonged to Brando Reil, who completed his first varsity hat trick, scoring in the 46th, 68th and 75th minutes to send Oak Ridge to its third straight Delta River League loss. Reil had a three-goal match last season with the JV team in a 4-1 win over Ponderosa, but his performance Monday contributed to a varsity squad which has won three of its last four while allowing only two goals. He didn’t have much to say about his performance, other than he was glad to help his team win another game. “I think all of my goals were very lucky, but obviously it was exciting to do,” said Reil. Folsom coach Ray Robitaille has played Reil up top in place of Nathan Lee, who suffered a head injury in the Crosstown Cup, and Matt Richard, who chose to play for the California Development Academy. All three goals came in the back half of a scoreless first in which the Bulldogs kept their opponent quiet with only two shots. Folsom goalkeeper Andrew Diggle made six of his total seven saves in the second half. The Trojans struggled in the first half to get the ball out of their defensive third and forced their keeper Tanner Rosenbaum to come through with five saves including a one-handed punch in the ninth minute just over the crossbar. Reil began the second half by ending Rosenbaum’s save streak and powering his first goal from about 25 yards out. CJ Hoversten created some drama and used one of Oak Ridge’s seven second half shots to score on a cross from Roger Blum in the 67th. The cross deflected off a Folsom defender to Hoversten’s feet, who capitalized being in the right place at the right time for a game-tying opportunity. As if to carry the team on his shoulders, Reil and teammate Calvin Millett countered on the restart and scored within seconds to put Folsom back on top. The goal in the 75th came on another defensive mistake and Reil was there again to finish off what Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis said was one of two major defensive mistakes which cost his team the match. “Our team played well in the second half; we just made two horrible mistakes with some lack of awareness and it got ugly,” said Reis. “We put a lot of pressure on them, but we just can’t seem to go the extra mile and put the ball in the net lately.” The Trojans have been shutout in two of their last three games including a 10-0 loss to Jesuit last week. Folsom on the other hand looks to challenge the standings with their next two matches against league-leading Jesuit and contender Pleasant Grove. “We wanted to end this first half on a positive note and send them to the second half confident, which they’ve done,” said Folsom coach Ray Robitaille. “Our game is better now than it was five weeks ago when we played against Jesuit. Our linked passes today and observation of how the play developed was all good and ever since we put Brandon [Reil] in that slot he’s been producing.” Folsom improved to 3-1-1 in the DRL and 5-4-3 overall. Tanner Chadwell injured his right foot in Monday’s match and will be day-to-day. Folsom’s last meeting with Jesuit was a 5-0 loss. The Marauders have since lost their National Soccer Coaches Association of America No.1 national ranking and dropped to No. 9 following ties to Davis and Sheldon. Oak Ridge plays at Sheldon on Wednesday.