Lady Trojans upset Eagles, 3-0; now lead SVC

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The weight has shifted at the top of the Sierra Valley Conference. Monday night in El Dorado Hills the Oak Ridge Trojans (8-2-0 league, 9-4-2 overall) banged out a 3-0 victory over the Vista del Lago Eagles (7-2-1 league, 11-3-1 overall). In their last meeting at Vista, the Trojans fell to an opposite 3-0 loss. But from the start of the rematch, Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis had his team out to make a statement. Oak Ridge went up 1-0 in the first minutes only to add two more goals in the second half. It took less than two minutes of play for Tiffani Reimers to strike first for the Trojans. On a rebound shot off the crossbar, Reimers tucked a beautifully struck ball across the goal toward the far post and a first half lead. Vista had its chances early, but struggled connecting their midfield to their offensive upper third of the field. In the first half Vista took nine shots with three free kicks inside 40 yards. Oak Ridge managed the one goal on just three shots in the first half. In the second half, Trojan striker Jessica Domenichelli took over. Domenichelli earned the 2-0 advantage in the 53rd minute. Stealing possession from Vista’s defense, she played ahead to teammate Geneve Dromensk, who played a one-touch back. The one-touch shot by Domenichelli went off the hands of goalkeeper Megan Heddinger and scooted across the goal line. Adding an assist in the last two minutes of non-stoppage time, Domenichelli again stole possession from a Vista defender and played a low pass to teammate Cori Davis, who cranked a masterful upper, far post goal for the 3-0 finish. Domenichelli finished with one goal and one assist in her first match against Vista this season. She missed the first game but came back with a vengeance in the second. “We felt confident against Vista because the last time we played them we were missing a couple key players,” said Domenichelli. “Usually if we start out (intense) from the beginning we stay intense and I think that was the difference in this game. We’ve been to playoffs every year and when we get there everyone is pretty confident. Beating Vista is the main confidence booster because they were the team to beat in league.” Vista could remain the team to beat if they pick up a few more wins, notably against Christian Brothers next week. Until then Reis will look for his team’s fourth win in a row, as they outscored their last three opponents 11-1. “We played a much better defensive game this time around,” said Reis. “Our midfield also did a better job of finding the second pass. We changed our lineup a bit from the last time around and went with five midfielders. I don’t think Vista adjusted to it very well so the pressure was on them.” With 10 days until their next league game, Vista will have plenty of time to counter the pressure of closing league. Coach Jimmy Frazelle said his team just lost their swagger against the Trojans and the mood swing cost them the game. “Even though you pass it around and keep possession, it doesn’t really matter. The goals they had were amazing goals and there’s nothing our keeper could have done,” said Frazelle. “We didn’t finish and we could have done that. We’re going to be working on shooting tomorrow and they have to come together for these last two games.” Heddinger had a tough game in goal against the Trojans, allowing three goals for the first time in league and just the second time all season. Her defenders weren’t stepping to the ball quickly enough to prevent good-looking shots and Heddinger paid for it. “I feel like we were giving them too much respect and we weren’t working together as a team. We were just off our game and could have played so much better,” said Heddinger. “If we get a chance to play them again it won’t be 3-0.” The Eagles may get that chance in the section playoffs, but until then they have Christian Brothers (7-1-1 league) standing in their way. In Sacramento in their first meeting, the Eagles fell 2-0 in their first league loss. Oak Ridge now leads the SVC with a 8-2 record, with Vista (7-2-1) and Christian Brothers (6-1-2) trailing. Oak Ridge’s last two matches feature Ponderosa and Union Mine, who the Trojans readily beat 4-0 and 2-0 in the first half of league.