BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The Ridge girls soccer team, continuing to contend with one of New Jersey's toughest schedules, fell to North Hunterdon, 1-0, on Wednesday.
North Hunterdon (8-1) is ranked No. 8 in the state by Top Drawer Soccer, but Ridge held the Lions scoreless for more than 50 minutes before North Hunterdon broke through. The only goal of the game came on a set piece, a long, indirect kick from more than 40 yards away that resulted in a scramble and multiple deflections before Arden MacNeill finshed the shot from in front of the net.
One of the best opportunities Ridge (4-4-1) had came early in the second half, when a well-placed cross by Caroline McEnroe to Payton Uhrig narrowly missed connecting from the left side of the box.
Neither team clearly had the better of play, as North Hunterdon held a slim 8-7 margin in shots. Olivia Pikiell made seven saves in goal for Ridge, whose rigorous slate also includes No. 3 Montclair, which visits Lee Field Monday evening after the Red Devils host Franklin on Friday.