EL DORADO HILLS — A few days after an emotionally exhausting win against San Ramon, the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team fell behind early in a 13-0 defeat at the hands of rival St. Francis. The Lady Trojans drop to 2-4-1 on the year.
“Offensively, we weren’t settling the ball. So as soon as we had the ball in hand, we would take shots right at the goalie. But we didn’t have the ball enough to get good shots,” coach Eldore Wood said.
The Troubadours scored early and often behind goals from Hayley Kusserow and one by Meaghan Bennett on a low shot that bounced under goalkeeper Laurel Maunder’s legs.
Tessa Oliaro then scored back-to-back as the Troubadours led 7-0 but Maunder, a freshman call up before the San Ramon game, made several impressive saves and hung in there under a barrage of shots. The visitors, coached by former Trojan Kristy Wilson, added a couple more and led 10-0 at the half.
Oak Ridge played much better in the second half defensively with more opportunities on offense. A Bridget Hansen shot on goal midway through the half was blocked by St. Francis goalie Natalie Dowd, and one from Morgan Bakarich bounced off Dowd’s helmet out of bounds.
“We have to learn to control the ball in the midfield. Once we get it into our offense, we have some strong players on offense that are able to finish. Tonight we weren’t able to get the ball to them enough and when we did they were feeling the pressure,” coach Wood said.