Monday, July 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Oak Ridge boots past El Dorado

Soccer5

LOOKING TO GET THE SOCCER ball away from an El Dorado player, Oak Ridge's Sean Miller boots the ball in the Trojans' 4-0 win over the Cougars in an intra-county and non-league game. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

By
From page A6 | September 09, 2013 |

An inter-county preseason boys soccer match between Oak Ridge and El Dorado at the Cougars’ field led to the visiting Trojans posting a 4-0 victory Thursday.

The game served as a nice opportunity for fans to see the progress of both programs. Joe Champion is heading the Oak Ridge boys soccer after coaching boys at El Dorado last season.

“It was a nice thing, seeing some of the players and family members at El Dorado,” Champion said. “It hadn’t been too long since I’d seen them before, El Dorado always has a great level of support for its program with many people coming out to watch the game. It’s always great to see how encouraging and supportive that fan base is.”

Champion took Troy’s program position as it fell in line with the efforts of his youth programs in El Dorado Hills. The opportunity to grow a program that develops great players from a young age bodes well for the future of soccer in El Dorado County.

The same rings true for El Dorado, as the Cougars picked up former Foothill coach Tony Giles to head a program teeming with enthusiastic players.

“This year we had an incredible turnout,” Giles said. “We had 20 guys come out to try out for all of our levels. We have a great group of guys as well, they support each other, play for each other, and they all just want to play hard and get better. I feel very lucky with how passionate these guys are.”

Oak Ridge played a successful possession game that controlled momentum for the majority of both halves — working to create movement and rhythm and uncover gaps in El Dorado’s backfield.

“We set out to possess the ball with a rhythm, and keep it moving around the field at our pace,” Champion said. “And I feel that we achieved that objective. There were stagnant moments and El Dorado would elevate the game on us where I feel that we had to fight to gain control again. But I was happy with the way the boys played.”

The scoring highlight of the day went deservedly to Alex Piatak, who watched as Troy junior Benjamin Brazzel sent a cross in to Miller, who played a brilliant ball off his chest. Piatak made a sharp one-time strike on the ball before it touched grass and buried it in the net to push Oak Ridge up 3-0 in the 37th minute.

“That was just a brilliant goal,” Giles said. “You have to tip your hat to a goal like that. What I loved most about the way our guys handled it was in their determination and continued level of play. They felt they were still in it for the whole game, and to see them take a loss while playing their hearts out. It’s a blessing to have players with that kind of determination.”

Giles outlined improvements for the program, noting that the Cougars will put an effort in developing and honing their positioning and field-awareness. Even without an even spread upfield, El Dorado’s forward group were quick to threaten Troy’s net at any opportunity.

Cougar striker Gabe Hurwith and forwards Oscar Santana and Joel Garcia were able to push the ball up on feeds from midfielders Richie Armstrong, Brandon Eldridge throughout the second half – breaking Oak Ridge out of rhythm a number of times until Piatak’s second goal in the 66th minute shut the door for a Cougar comeback.

Comments

comments

Brandon Anicich

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    News

    IRS unveils Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    By News Release | From Page: B1

     
    Highway 50 collision fatal

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

    Stay connected through sheriff

    By El Dorado County Sheriff's Office | From Page: B1

     
    EDH community unites to patch up historic barn

    By Mike Roberts | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    P’ville hires Camino superintendent

    By News Release | From Page: B1

     
    Bird tests positive for West Nile

    By Ross Branch | From Page: A1

    Heard over the back fence: Public swim times announced

    By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

     
    County gets partial refund on promotional event

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

     
    Jeepers expo Wednesday in Georgetown

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

    Help SWR with squirrel babies

    By Sierra Wildlife Rescue | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Opinion

    The rural life: Save the day: Neuter and spay

    By Jennifer Forsberg Meyer | From Page: A4

     
    Different place, different priorities

    By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

    California rambling: Giving cities a pass

    By John Poimiroo | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    .

    Letters

    A thank you note

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

     
    Prada belongs in Berkeley

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

    Ready for Hillary?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

     
    Fukushima

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

    Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

     
    100+ years and thanks

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

    .

    Sports

    Season over for Post 119

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Valley View Sports Park

    By Julie Samrick | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Under the Scoreboard: July 20, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

     
    Schedule: July 21-26

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

    Becker slips by in wild KWS finish

    By Gary Thomas | From Page: A6

     
    Sports Scene: July 20, 2014

    By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

    Roundup: July 20, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

     
    Sophia Barden wins strut title

    By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A7

    .

    Prospecting

    How to safely help a horse

    By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

    By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B4

     
    As we were: Money for home repairs

    By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

     
    Marshall Medical Center to host day of fitness and fun

    By Marshall Medical | From Page: B10

    Kids parade for free admission to the fair

    By Amador County Fair | From Page: B10

     
    Volunteer kitchen help needed in EDH

    By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: B10

    .

    Essentials

    Crime Log: July 6-8

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Betty Ellene Hock

    By Contributor | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

     
    Douglas J. Beam

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Arthur J. Funston

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Jerry Grant Young Jr.

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Kathryn Noreen Nolan

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    .

    Real Estate

    .

    Comics

    Horoscope, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

     
    Horoscope, Monday, July 21, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    Shoe

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

     
    Sukodu

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    Rubes

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

     
    New York Times Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    TV Listings

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

     
    Speed Bump

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    American Profile Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

     
    Tundra

    By Contributor | From Page: A8