Trojans win first playoff game against Rosemont

By: Matt Long
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After 10 days off, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ soccer team entered the playoffs Friday ready and rested and it showed. Oak Ridge easily defeated Rosemont, 5-0 and advanced to the section semifinals on Wednesday at Folsom High. Oak Ridge will likely face Granite Bay at 8 p.m. at Folsom High. The Grizzlies, winners of the Sierra Foothill League, opened the playoffs against Johnson, the third seed out of the Metro League. Less than a minute into Friday’s game, Rosemont headed a ball into their own goal, giving the Trojans a 1-0 advantage. Ten minutes later, Rachel Mercik, who played a strong game, setting up teammates time and again, as well as creating her own opportunities, scored on a high-lofting shot that floated over Rosemont’s keeper’s head. Three minutes later, Mercik found Amy Hawn on the wing, who crossed the ball to Geneve Dromensk, who deflected it by the keeper for a 3-0 halftime lead. Jessica Domenichelli made it 4-0 in the second half and Mercik assisted on Sara Harris’ goal later to finish off the scoring. “We haven’t been playing our best lately, but we did a lot better today,” Mercik said. “We had some great combos in front of the goal and defensively, we were solid. This was one of our better games. I think the break helped us.” Oak Ridge coach Henry Reis was pleased with his team’s performance and of that of Mercik. “Rachel played much better today,” Reis said. “She’s a great player and she did a good job serving the ball to her teammates. “As for the team, we moved the ball well. Everybody came relaxed and played well.”