Oak Ridge endured a hard-fought match at home Thursday, falling 11-7 to St. Francis in an intense grind.
Looking to avenge a 15-9 loss to the Troubadors earlier in the week, Troy found itself locked into a demanding struggle that lasted both halves.
“We never look past any team we are competing against,” Trojan coach Eldore Wood said. “St. Francis is a great program with quite a lot of talent — you have to be prepared to play tough through the entire match against a team like theirs.”
Sara Cody and Bridget Malone each tallied two goals in the loss, with each shot heavily contested in front of the net. Madisyn Hallare found a way to contribute one goal while teammates Kayla Galet and Jessica Hanson scored to round out the offense for Oak Ridge.
St. Francis depended on its two leading scorers, Hayley Kusserow and Colleen McClain to carry the offense. Tough to guard, Kusserow finished with six goals while McClain contributed three — boosting the visitors’ lead and forcing Oak Ridge to turn up the intensity throughout the night.
The Troubadors edged their host in the draw department, controlling 10 to Oak Ridge’s eight. Galet and Sam Donaghey were big presences for Oak Ridge, each controlling three draws while Hallare won two of hers.
The Lady Trojans are 6-5 this season and preparing to battle with three away matches on the road, heading to San Jose Wednesday to face Harker and also visit Casa Roble and Bella Vista before returning home to face a dominate Granite Bay squad.
Note: St. Francis head coach Kristy Wilson is a former Oak Ridge alum who played multiple sports while a Trojan.