Trojans fall to Jesuit, 6-0

By: Matt Long
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Jesuit showed Oak Ridge High’s soccer team why they’re ranked among the best teams in the nation. The Marauders improved to 19-0 on the season with a 6-0 win over the Trojans on Wednesday, sending the Trojans to their third loss in four Delta River League contests. Just five minutes into the game, Carlos Murrillo gave the Marauders a 1-0 lead with a chip in goal from in close that Oak Ridge keeper David Item had no chance on, like several of Jesuit’s goals on the evening. Murrillo got inside position on a Trojan defender and easily volleyed the ball by Item. Three minutes later Matt Wiesenfarth scored with a hard shot from the middle of the field about 25 yards in front of Item. The 2-0 lead early in the game put the Trojans in a hole they couldn’t come out of. Oak Ridge had some opportunities but couldn’t get anything by Jesuit’s keeper. Trailing 2-0, Oak Ridge’s Lee Barclay played a ball up to Kyran Bennett, who pushed it to his right, took three steps and gave the ball a boot but missed the goal just wide ride. Two Jesuit goals and 10 minutes later with Oak Ridge now trailing 4-0, Bennett had another glorious opportunity, but a diving one-handed stop of Jesuit’s keeper almost seemed unfair. Jesuit added a fifth goal before the half and scored one more late in the second half. Oak Ridge fought hard to the end. Item made a one-handed save of his own in the second half, while Marshall Gill and Austin Emmett saved sure goals with hustle and heart. Despite the loss, Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis was pleased with his team’s play. “We played a lot better than we have all season,” Reis said. “I think we showed what we’re about because we stepped up today. Jesuit is obviously a great team. This game could have been 15 or 16-0, but I thought we did a great job defensively.” Reis said Gill did a great job in leading the defense.