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Trojans eliminated by Davis, 6-0

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge soccer coach Henry Reis saw it coming, but he hoped it wouldn’t be bad. Unfortunately, it was. The Trojans opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at Davis on Thursday and lost 6-0, ending their season with a 6-8-1 record. Reis knew that Davis was a very good team with fast and skilled players and that his team would have to play good defense to win. The Trojans didn’t. Oak Ridge gave up two goals in the first seven minutes of the game and Davis tacked on four more goals in the second half for the easy victory. The Blue Devils controlled the ball for most of the game and peppered Oak Ridge keeper David Item. Were it not for several nice saves from Item, Davis could have easily reached double digits. Reis graciously conceded defeat after the match. “They’re very good,” Reis said of Davis. “It’s tough when you give up two cheap goals early. We became defensive and never really attacked. When you have 19 competitive-level players against a team with four, it’s tough. We had an OK season and it’s a privilege to make the playoffs. We reached the section finals three years in a row and lost to Rocklin. At the Division I level, it could be awhile before we reach the finals again.”