RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph boys Varsity soccer team came up with a 4-0 victory against Ridge on Monday, Oct. 7 at DaSilva field in Randolph. While the defense worked hard to keep the ball up-field, the offense worked even harder, producing multiple shots on goal and keeping pressure on Ridge all game long.
The game was slow at the start, remaining anyone’s game up until 25 minutes into the first half when sophomore AJ Cacciacarne scored the first goal with help from senior Ryan Gibb who assisted on the goal.
As both teams continued to play hard, the Rams closed the half with another goal to extend their lead. It was Cacciacarne who found the back of the net once again, giving his team a 2-0 lead as halftime approached.
Just before the half, Ridge threatened, but Rams senior goalie Andre Schiavone saved a shot attempt just under five minutes before halftime, allowing Randolph to start the second half in the lead 2-0.
Coming out of halftime, Randolph’s defense continued their strong performance to ensure they would remain with the advantage. The Rams were successfully able to defend their goal and keep the ball up with the forwards and midfielders, allowing the offense to earn several shots on goal.
With just nine minutes left in the game, junior Josh Levy sent the ball into the upper right-hand corner of the goal to extend the team’s lead to 3-0, assisted by senior Santiago Rodriguez.
“I thought it was a team win and defensively we stepped up which lead to our offense being able to score a bunch,” Levy commented on the team’s performance.
With only three minutes left in the game, the Rams struck one final time,
Senior Ryan Ruhalter assisted on the final tally when he sent a through ball upfield to junior Gili Krasner-Cohen who didn't waste his chance, converting his shot to make the final score 4-0.
“I think the team really stepped up and played together as a unit today,” Krasner-Cohen remarked. “We need to keep working hard and continue to play as a team so we can end this season on a high note and make a run in states.”
The Rams record stands at an even .500 at 6-6-1. Their next game is on Monday Oct. 14, home against Chatham.