Ribeiro's goal lifts Oak Ridge over Folsom

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Opportunities favored the Oak Ridge Lady Trojan girls’ soccer team (1-1-2 league) on Monday taking a 1-0 victory over the Folsom Lady Bulldogs (1-3-1). A first half with nothing going for either team had few shots and even fewer on frame. Eight minutes into the second, Oak Ridge freshman striker Marissa Ribeiro painted the scoreless match black with a feed from teammate Cairo Woo and the deciding goal. Folsom junior midfielder Caitlyn Kretzschmar owned the most potent of shots in the first half. On a free kick at about 30 yards she hit just strong over the right-side of the crossbar. The only other serious Folsom shot came on another free kick, this time by junior defender MacKenzie Moreno in the 35th, who could have put one away had she got a clean header on. The Lady Bulldogs did have a number of free kicks on the offensive half, and even upper third, yet failed to capitalize like Oak Ridge did with Ribeiro’s play. Ribeiro was a force at the start of the second half and the sliver difference in a physical match. A pair of header opportunities on goal presented chances to add to their lead in the 45th. She nearly posted her second on a dangerous lobbed-ball at keeper Allison Hart from the left wing, nearly 35 yards out, forcing a punch-save in the 69th. Injuries affecting the Lady Trojans’ previous performances were better against Folsom. Tiffani Reimers solidified the center defensive spot, Olivia Frace wore a protective head band in the midfield following recovery from a concussion and the Lady Trojans were noticeably more together. “Some of our kids haven’t practiced in a couple of weeks, so we’re still a little rusty and showed some signs of fatigue and weakness in stamina,” said Oak Ridge Head Coach Henry Reis. “But our forwards are beginning to link up and our passing was more together. When Marissa [Ribeiro] is healthy, she’s pretty tough for anyone to mark.” Through the first 40 minutes, Oak Ridge put two shots on Hart; the closest, a 41st minute challenge on Hart by Ribeiro, signaled an Oak Ridge penalty for contact. Ribeiro and her teammates brought 11 shots in the second half, seven on frame and many between the middle 20 minutes. Moreno was noticeably frustrated after the game as she left the field. Head Coach Mike McBride said his team could have easily won or tied the game, accompanied by the spirited play of full-field teammates like Moreno. “This is the way we were in the preseason and now we’re starting to pick it up and it’s near the end of the season,” said McBride. “When we start the second half of league coming up I expect some big things. Today, we didn’t finish our opportunities and made one mistake in front of the goal.” Oak Ridge begins their second half of league on Wednesday against Sheldon, while Folsom plays host to St. Francis. St. Francis and Sheldon sit on top of the standings as the only two teams with three wins. The second half of league will pan out which teams will fill those next spots into to section playoffs.