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Oak Ridge dominates Oakmont in 4-0 victory

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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One of the best starts to a Oak Ridge girls’ soccer team’s season was capped in dominating fashion on Monday afternoon in El Dorado Hills.

The Trojans (4-1-1) routed Oakmont by a 4-0 score. Oak Ridge keeper Nina Grimes earned the shutout, as she didn’t face a single shot through more than 80 minutes from whistle to whistle.

Anchored by Lauren Whited, among others, the Trojans’ defense did its job against what little offense Oakmont mounted.

Before the game, first-year head coach Joe Champion reminded his team of a significant difference between attacking and building an attack. Considering the Delta River League begins on Wednesday against rival Folsom (1-2-2), the fact Oak Ridge put up 24 shot attempts bodes well for its near-future.

“Preseason, we actually did really well. We had some tough competition against Franklin, Del Oro and Bella Vista. We’ve all gotten better through these few games and we’re all even more ready to start on Wednesday,” said senior captain Carissa Rivers.

Rivers was dominant and often controlling in offensive attacks against Oakmont. Both teams had initial attacks, but Caitlin Hoversten’s goal in the 13th virtually ended the Vikings’ offensive game with sheer momentum.

Hoversten’s goal started the avalanche. Marissa Ribiero scored seven minutes later and junior captain Julia Crawford crafted a successful left-footed goal in the 40th.

All that was left after the break was the waiting. Rivers finished off her match with a rebounded, ripped ball for the final goal in the 63rd.

Despite a lack of seniority, Oak Ridge has defeated some of the area’s better squads and transitioned into a new coach rather well.

Oak Ridge is heavy with a talented junior class this season. Champion selected 13 juniors, three seniors and two sophomores.

“Our preseason has been really good and we’ve really played well together,” reiterated Grimes, who posted her fourth shutout in six games. “We’ll just have to come out hard and get the win against Folsom.”

Folsom plays at Oak Ridge at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the football stadium.