Trojans fall to Galt

Only two games in, Trojans' backs up against the wall
By: Matt Long
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It's only two games into the league season, but already Oak Ridge High's varsity boys' soccer team finds itself with their backs against the wall. The Trojans find themselves down two games to both Ponderosa and Galt. With only two playoff berths from the Sierra Valley Conference, the 0-2 Trojans have to run the table to stay in control of their own destiny. One more loss and they'll need some help from other teams. "We've got seven seniors and they're all starters and they're going to have to step up," Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis said. "The time is now and they're going to have to lead the team." Oak Ridge lost to Galt, 4-2, on Wednesday, just two days after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Ponderosa. "In the Ponderosa game, we just came out too cocky," Reis said. "We thought the game was already won. Against Galt we still weren't over the loss to Ponderosa. The biggest disappointment was our lack of effort." Oak Ridge fell behind Galt 1-0, but two goals by Ryan Abelia put last year's Division II runner-ups in the lead. The Warriors, however, didn't back down and scored two quick goals to take a 3-2 lead at halftime. While Oak Ridge played better in the second half, Galt scored the only goal and won 4-2. "We got beat to the punch," Reis said. "We pressed at the wrong time and we dropped back at the wrong time. There was a lot of second-guessing going on. "Right now the boys are pretty disappointed. They're at the bottom of the barrel." Oak Ridge plays in Folsom's Challenge Cup on Friday and Saturday and winning isn't the focus. "I just want us to work on our shape," Reis said. "That's all I'm concerned about. We've got to get it back to where it was before the Ponderosa game."