By Shane Theodore
Monday’s Delta River League match between Oak Ridge and visiting Jesuit was over the moment it started. The Marauders, the No. 1 team in California, beat the Trojans 10-1.
“We just played a much better team today; the scoreboard shows that,” Troy’s coach Henry Reis said.
Jesuit’s offensive onslaught started in the second minute with Padriac McCullagh’s easy roller past sophomore Trojan goalie Tanner Rosenbaum. Jesuit added another in the seventh minute with Steven Guzman’s booming shot that evaded Rosenbaum’s lunge.
The teams traded saves and shots off the crossbar until Troy’s Kyle Dickinson intercepted a pass from Jesuit goalie Matthew Ramos and hooked a shot into the back of the net in the 16th minute to pull Oak Ridge within one.
Jesuit retaliated a minute later when Michael Cordano beat two Oak Ridge defenders en route to an easy shot past Rosenbaum.
“They have really fast players and executed their passes. That was the downfall of our team,” Reis said.
After Taylor Culp scored twice, and John Bovill and Michael Weisenfarth each added one, the Marauders had the game in hand, 7-1, in the 29th minute.
David Item, who replaced Rosenbaum after the seventh Jesuit goal, made five great saves to hold the Marauders for the rest of the first half.
“David made some great saves today to keep the score a little more respectable for us,” Reis said.
The Marauders were in cruise control at the end of the first half and started going to the bench players. Neither team could mount much of an offense in the second 40 minutes as possession went back and forth.
Guzman ended the drought in the 85th minute after eluding Trojan Kevin Hanson and booting a shot past a diving Item. Culp added the ninth goal three minutes later.
“We weren’t prepared for their offensive attack. They’re better in nearly every aspect,” Hanson said.
The Trojans, who are now eliminated from playoff contention, host their season finale Wednesday against Folsom at Oak Ridge. Because it is Senior Night, the game will kick off at 6 p.m.
Jesuit, the No. 8 team in the nation, entertains Ponderosa Wednesday for the regular season finale.