NorCal Update: Marin Catholic Downs Oak Ridge in Overtime
3d Rising’s journey to NorCal brought us to another interesting matchup Wednesday night up in Marin County, as Marin Catholic played host to Oak Ridge, a program located about two hours away in Eldorado Hills.
Marin Catholic, coming off an opening-season loss to a talented Monte Vista team, was looking to rebound and put itself in the win column. Led on the sidelines by fourth-year head coach Matt Ogelsby, the Wildcats were tested, but ultimately got the result they wanted.
After falling to a 6-3 halftime deficit, closing the gap in the third quarter, and then, late in the game, narrowing the Marin lead to 8-6, the Trojans – sparked by sophomore face-off midfielder’s Julian Dardano, were able to get quick possessions and some wild looks at the cage to tie the score at 8-8 with just 22 seconds left on the clock.
The overtime hero turned out to be sophomore midfielder Jack Goller, who was a standout all game long for Marin Catholic with his play on both sides of the ball and in transition.
After the game, we caught up with Ogelsby to discuss the win, the development of the program and more. View that interview here.
Jack Goller, Midfield, Marin Catholic, 2019
Goller was a beast in this game. The athletic right-handed midfielder simply plays at full speed and gives it all every shift. He came up with numerous key groundballs, clears and, in the end, the deciding goal, as he found himself freed up on a nice rotation through the offense, sealing the game with a hard overhand step down blast. Goller had shown tremendous endurance throughout the game, oftentimes clearing the ball and then initiating offense for his team. He’s a smooth dodger, and he plays bigger than his size. One of three goals saw him clear the ball himself then, then turn on the jets, put the bottom hand to his hip and drive through slap with a power cradle before scoring on bounce shot as he penetrated the defense.
Jack Scherer, Defense, Marin Catholic, 2018
Scherer is really reliable defender who shows good stick skills and the ability to use his big frame well thanks to good lateral movement and quick instincts. He uses the reach of the stick, keeps on his toes and moves smoothly. He is strong on the ball and also does a good job keeping his head on a swivel and communicating. He had a really nice play to swiftly come up with a groundball on broken Oak Ridge break, sprinting out of the back half with the snag to show soft hands and then sent a lead pass to push a fast break that resulted in a big goal. He’s not only got intimidating size, but he’s a disciplined and business like.
Tommy Baquerizo, Goalie, Marin Catholic, 2018
Baquerizo turned in another solid performance in his second game of the season, making about a half dozen saves against Oak Ridge, but a few that were really impressive. He stoned a shooter inside in the first half and repeatedly gobbled up shots from the outside. It wasn’t until he was working against sun in his face and shadows on the shooters that he allowed a short run by the Trojans. His big moment came late in the fourth quarter when he came up with an incredible splitting toe save on a long pole who had streaked in with a chance to win the game with just seconds on the clock.
John Sutro, Midfield, Marin Catholic, 2017 – Colorado College
Sutro had a strong showing from the midfield against Oak Ridge, proving himself to be a hard-nosed downhill dodger who will keep fighting for a look at the cage and can ultimately break down a defender from up top. He scored on a winding skip shot that hit the high part of the net. His other goal came in transition on a tricky bounce shot with his left. Late in the game, it was his ability to keep the ball, break down his man and draw attention that allowed him to easily dump the ball off for a key assist. He put together a two-goal, two-assist performance.
Hayden Dall, Attack, Oak Ridge, 2017
Dall had a solid outing against Marin Catholic, finishing the day with three goals. He can pull back the ball and let it fly and gets good torque on it. He’s not afraid to shoot it in transition and he seemed to have a knack for getting into a spot he liked to let it fly. But he was also very slick on the crease as a tough finisher. He has good hands and showed that with his first two goals – the first of which being a fast quick-stick on the doorstep. The next came on a broken play developing from X and was used a quick catch, pump, finish to bury his second goal.
Matty Hill, Attack, Marin Catholic, 2018
Hill is a sparkplug of a righty attackman who can pull back and snap the ball with velocity and with a bounce too. He is a tough, smaller shooter, but full of guts. He will float right to space and then receive the ball in a semi-loaded position to pull back and just unload the ball. He was an excellent target in this game as he would slip off a pick or his defender and find himself open and willing to send it. He scored two big goals with his hammer shot, including one that just bounced off the goalie.
Julian Dardano, FO/Midfield, Oak Ridge, 2019
Dardano is a small but super scrappy and quick draw man who can create transition because of his ability to explode out of a win. He was strong throughout most of the game before hitting a bit of a hard stretch in the second half. But Dardano was the one who helped ignite the comeback for Oak Ridge, as he won several key draws late in the game, including winning one to himself and streaking in to score what would be the tying goal, but he was so fast he ended up in the crease (his team would score it on the next possession). Dardano has promise as an agile, relentless face-off man with fast hands. He is high energy and fun to watch.
Cal Goins, Midfield, Oak Ridge, 2017
Goins is a tall, athletic two-way midfielder with long legs and the ability to really move up the field. He’s got track athlete kind of legs. He was a huge presence in the middle of the field for Oak Ridge as he sped up the turf. He easily cleared through traffic thanks to his ability to accelerate and also played good defense with his ability to shuffle his feet and use his size and reach to attack the ball.
Chandler Thomas, Midfield, Oak Ridge, 2017
Thomas didn’t jump out necessarily because of his size, but the scrappy, hard shooting midfielder delivered three big goals for his team, including the goal to make it just 8-7 with 1:27 left in the game – a righty ¾ release from up top that went through traffic, but intentionally so. An earlier one of his goals came on a gutsy sweep from right to left and finished with hard, high bouncer that tricked the goalie.
Cole Barden, Defense, Oak Ridge, 2017
Barden had a really nice game showing himself to be an agile, fast and able to make plays on the ball and moving up the field. He was very quick to groundballs and showed excellent quickness with the handle to scoop and make the pass. He had a great play on the fastbreak to reach his stick out and block a pass that would have easily resulted in a one-on-one with the goalie.
Ryan Rogers, Attack, Oak Ridge, 2019
Rogers had a nice game working in a quarterback type role for Oak Ridge. A medium-side righty attackman with good vision and perseverance as a carrier, he finished the game with a pair of assists. He put the ball right on the ear of his teammate twice for nice connection on the crease. His best play when he evaded a double as he decided to pull up from X and then found his teammate with the feed despite having sticks on his hands.
Vinnie Martin, LSM, Marin Catholic, 2018
Martin had another good game showing off his slickness on groundballs. He came up with some that proved to be really crucial possessions for Marin Catholic down the stretch. He’s a nimble, aggressive LSM and made plays throughout the game on the perimeter to help limit the Oak Ridge midfield’s dodging chances. He’s quick up the field and has a good handle.
Brendan Campagna, Defense, Marin Catholic, 2017
Campagna had a solid showing against Oak Ridge as a dependable defender who can play physical but also shows a good set of hands with the stick. He’s got a lot of energy and stays aware off the ball. He had a great groundball and kept it through an oncoming check to show off his good control of the stick.
Jake Marsh, Defense/LSM, Oak Ridge, 2017
Marsh is a tough, blue-collar defender who will get up and down the field, get after the ball, throw decent checks and make some plays thanks to his range and reach. He’s also got a good bounce in his step and gets a head of steam going up the field, making him a force in transition. He’s raw with the stick but works hard and makes plays because of it. His 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame was all over the field.
Jack Hewitt, Midfield, Oak Ridge, 2017
Hewitt showed good burst dodging the right alley. He got separation underneath once to get within a few yards and had his hands choked up to score on a bouncer. He later in the game would make it 8-8 with a move to bump outside off his man and pull up for an overhand blast that hit just below the cross bar.