Sunday May 17 2009
Oak Ridge wins Division II soccer title
By: Matt Long
Defeats Roseville 4-2 in penalty kicks
For the second time in three years, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ soccer team has won a section title. The Lady Trojans defeated Roseville in penalty kicks, 4-2, to win the Division II championship on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon at Folsom High. With her team leading 4-2 with only two shooters to go, Oak Ridge keeper Danielle Murphy guessed correctly and went right and stopped Amanda Ellsworth’s penalty shot with ease, sending her team rushing for her in net. “Before the shot I was just trying to distract her and get in her head by jumping around,” Murphy said. Murphy’s save came after three straight goals by teammates Rachel Mercik, Jessica Domenichelli and Amy Hawn and two from Roseville. The Tigers’ third shooter, Adriane Bates, missed the net wide left, setting up Sara Harris’ successful penalty kick and Murphy’s game-winning save. Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis was proud of his team’s effort and told them so prior to the penalty kicks. “I told them no matter what happens, I was proud of them,” Reis said. “Roseville is a physical team and we’re a finesse team and to overcome that and the heat was big. We were able to stay composed and not foul them and that was the key.” After a scoreless first half, a half in which both teams probably should have scored at least one goal but missed the net wide on a few opportunities, Oak Ridge finally lit up the scoreboard 14 minutes into the second half. Mercik received the ball about 20 yards out in front of the net and turned and ripped a left-footed shot, which Roseville keeper Ashlee Demateo stopped. However, the ball deflected off Demateo and up into the air, came back down and hit the ground and spun back into the net. The Lady Trojans were seemingly on their way to victory before Roseville’s Amanda Susbilla, up from the junior varsity team for the playoffs, scored off a corner kick with three minutes remaining, when the ball deflected off Harris’ head and into the net. “It was a miscommunication and it was my fault,” Murphy said. “It was my ball, but I didn’t call it loud enough and Sara tried to clear it and that’s her job. It was definitely a bummer because it was so hot, but we knew it wasn’t over.” The Lady Trojans finished the season with a 13-2-3 record and won the section title after beating Rosemont, 5-0 on May 8, Granite Bay, 1-0 on a goal by Domenichelli on May 13 and Roseville on Saturday.