Trojans, Bruins play to a draw

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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A match between the Delta River League’s second- and third-place teams ran scoreless after 80 minutes. The Oak Ridge Trojans girls’ soccer team moved to 1-1-5 in the Delta River League, while league rival Ponderosa went to 2-1-4 after a 0-0 tie on Monday afternoon in Shingle Springs. Goaltender Nina Grimes got the shutout, but it also meant the Trojans advanced horizontally in league positioning. Ponderosa (2-1-4) had most of the offensive chances. Neither goaltender was extraordinarily challenged, but Grimes fought off all six shots faced. Both teams’ best chances were in the final 10 minutes. Oak Ridge sophomore Hannah Miller challenged Ponderosa’s keeper, popped the ball out of her hands, but was unable to put it on net in the 73rd minute. The Bruins did the same against Grimes in the 75th. She blocked a shot while still on the ground and held onto her third shutout of the season. “Hopefully we can focus on how teams played the first time and take advantage of their weaknesses the second time around,” Grimes said. “We need to step up as a team and put more pressure on the other team’s goal. We just need to stay focused.” Oak Ridge entered the last five games of league behind unbeaten Folsom (5-0-1) and Ponderosa (2-1-4). They tied all but Folsom, losing 4-1, and Pleasant Grove, winning 4-1. Coach Henry Reis said league will likely come down to the last two games. Folsom is the only team without multiple ties in league. Oak Ridge will play its final two matches next week against St. Francis (1-2-3) and Folsom. “We just couldn’t finish today,” Reis said. “I think they dominated us in the first half and we dominated them in the second half. I don’t think either team really played very well either.” Folsom is the only runaway team this season. With three matches left – against teams the Trojans have gone 1-1-1 against previously – Oak Ridge could finish in second place by winning two of them. How Ponderosa plays will also determine whether Oak Ridge can get in just behind Folsom. The Trojans could move a step closer by beating Pleasant Grove on Wednesday and if Ponderosa loses to Folsom the same day.