Oakdale's back in familiar territory

OAKDALE -- Oakdale High's boys soccer team is returning to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals for the fifth time in eight years after defeating West Campus of Sacramento 2-0 on Thursday.

The Mustangs (19-7-4) have won four section championships, including three in a row from 2003-05. They'll be at Folsom High on Saturday for a noon kickoff against El Dorado in the Division IV final with a different team than in previous years. There is no star player, coach Alfredo Quiroga said.

"We have all-around good players who work hard and work as a team," he said. "They pulled together as a team. This is quite an accomplishment."

Oakdale did it Thursday with a goal just before halftime, a dagger late in the second half that unraveled West Campus (12-4-7) and a defensive plan that shut down 31-goal scorer Matt Foy.

The scouting report on Foy described him as fast with a nice shot. Oakdale surrounded him with outside fullbacks Carlos Arauza and Hector Padilla on either side and center fullback Luis Cisneros floating nearby.

"Since we had him so tightly marked, he didn't get that many balls," Quiroga said.

All Foy had to show for his day was a verbal warning from an official and a yellow card, one of four issued to the Warriors after Robert Armstrong's goal with about 10 minutes left extended Oakdale's lead to 2-0.

"They lost control, and we had them," Quiroga said.

Jose Felix Ramirez put in a loose ball in front of the goal for his sixth goal of the season with seconds remaining before halftime.

"That had to do with our persistency," Quiroga said.

The second goal came on a play the Mustangs have worked on all season, called "flick on." Robert Armstrong made a verbal call to teammate Corey Turney, who headed the ball to Armstrong about six yards in front of the goal. Armstrong's one-timer -- his third goal this season -- made it 2-0.

"They were out of sorts, and I just put it in," Armstrong said. "This is just amazing. Everyone thought this was going to be a rebuilding season, but we proved them wrong."

Bee sports editor Bill Poindexter can be reached at 238-4588.