Justin Bethke’s goal on a pass from Sam Miller was the only goal host Oak Ridge (2-2-1, 6-2-3) had in its Delta River League game against Jesuit (5-0, 18-0-3), which posted a 2-1 victory to conclude the first round of league play.
“If we were close in the last 10 minutes, even if we were down 2-0, we could make them worry,” Trojan coach Joe Champion said.
In the final minutes of the game, Oak Ridge pushed hard for the equalizer but Jesuit’s offense strengthened with its passing game to secure the win.
The Trojans and Marauders played on each other’s side of the field for most of the the second half. In the first half, Oak Ridge’s defense kept Jesuit’s offense in check.
“We had a plan to attack (on defense), to defend and counter attack, and for 25 minutes it was working real well,” Champion said. “Our goal was to keep it close. I was real pleased with how we did.”
Jesuit scored its first goal in the 15th minute when Evan Barrett, who scored both goals, took advantage of a corner kick. Leading 1-0 at halftime, Barett’s second goal came in the 70th minute on a penalty kick.
“They got their second goal just as we going to mix it up (on defense),” Champion said.
Oak Ridge goalie Hayes Connor had two saves.
The JV team also fell to the Marauders, 5-2.