Oak Ridge outlasts Ponderosa on the pitch, 2-1

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Oak Ridge outlasted Ponderosa 2-1 and won their first Delta River League soccer game of the season Wednesday evening in Shingle Springs. Trojans coach Henry Reis told his team at halftime whichever team scored first would win and sure enough, Sean Woldberg stroked a goal from nearly 40 yards out in the 71st minute. Roger Blum added another in the 75th, which proved the edge over the Bruins. Ponderosa scored within five minutes of Woldberg’s shot. They inched to a one-goal game in the 76th and pressured a couple late chances, which skirted wide of David Item in goal. The head referee allowed about three minutes of stoppage time and any more might have cheated the Trojans out of a win. Oak Ridge was out shot seven-to-three by Ponderosa in the first half. Reis made 12 substitutions in the first half when he said the team was making a lot of mistakes. The Trojans matched their opponent in the second half taking eight shots, but gained an edge by scoring on a throw in. Woldberg entered the game in the 10th minute. He started the second half and proved his coaches halftime words correct. “The throw was to my feet, I cut one of their center mids to the left and dribbled on to their defender. I found an opening, hit it with my opposite foot [his left] and it hit side netting,” said Woldberg. “I don’t think the goalkeeper saw a shot coming.” In a back-and-forth game Woldberg was the spark to ignite a two-goal run in less than four minutes to win the game. Blum’s goal came from a small crowd in front of goal, which included himself and Trevor Callahan and again surprised the Bruins keeper. Item saved the Trojans fortune in the opposite net. He made a diving save off his shin in the 11th and gave his team the opportunity to go up first. “I just wanted our guys to show more offensive numbers,” Reis said. “ We made a lot of mistakes in the first half on defense, which could have cost us the game, but we picked up and flowed a little bit faster. Sean Woldberg’s grandpa was in the crowd for that goal so it was a nice moment for him.” A shot in the 80th minute just missed evening an otherwise toe-to-toe match. The Trojans play Pleasant Grove next Wednesday.