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Oak Ridge, Folsom girls' soccer teams hope to make run for title

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The Sierra Foothill League girls’ soccer season was competitive as ever, as Oak Ridge and Folsom were right in the thick of the race for the Sierra Foothill League title.

The teams finished the regular season last Wednesday with the Trojans earning a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs, as Emily Lieber scored the game’s only goal. Oak Ridge finished second in the league behind Granite Bay, while Folsom placed fourth.

Both teams, however, have qualified for the postseason. Oak Ridge earned the fourth seed in the Division I playoffs, while Folsom is seeded sixth. The Trojans open the playoffs at home Wednesday against 13th-seeded Enochs, while Folsom plays host to 11th-seeded Pleasant Grove. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.

“I feel we have created very good team chemistry, and our team seems to be peaking at the right time,” Oak Ridge coach Rino Chimienti said. “I feel if we play our game and remain consistent, we have a very good chance to make a run for the title. It’s going to come down to us minimizing our mistakes and capitalizing on our opponents mistakes.”

If Oak Ridge wins, they would play host to either Franklin (fifth seed) or McClatchy (12th seed) on Friday. Folsom would either travel to third-seeded Turlock on Friday or play host to Franklin (Stockton), the 14th seed.

“We’re looking forward to the start of a new season; the third phase of our season,” Folsom coach Rick Carrigan said. “Now that we’re in the playoffs, if you play well enough and win you get rewarded with another game. If we get healthy, I feel we can make a run. Playing in the Sierra Foothill League certainly prepares us well for the playoffs.”