RANDOLPH, NJ- Circumstances weren’t ideal for a soccer match the afternoon of Saturday Sept. 13. The rain came down sporadically and the sky looked ominous. Despitel that, Mother Nature couldn’t stop Randolph from taking the pitch against division opponent Livingston.
Both teams seemed a little hesitant in the first half, as both were playing hard but neither team wanted to make a crucial mistake. The action picked up towards the end of the half as both teams had a couple of scoring opportunities. Livingston was shut down by the stellar play of Kyle Ross the Randolph goalkeeper.
In the second half Randolph took the lead as Rodrigo Avilla found midfielder Jake Corpuz for the first goal of the game. However, Randolph could not hold off Livingston as the Lancers tied the game up, sending it into over time. Overtime was a battle and test of wills, but neither team could find the cleverness to give their team the victory.
Although the game ended in a draw, Senior Jake Corpuz knows that the young team has something to build off. “We have a lot of youthful players. We have to work hard and grow together; if we do that we can improve game to game.”
Randolph's record now stands at 2-1-1. The season is still young, but in a tough division every game is going to be a challenge. Some positives are the solid play of Kyle Ross who now has 14 saves on the season. He is replacing All-County goalie Greg Moserwitz who graduated last year.
Rodrigo Avilla leads the team will 3 goals followed by Corpuz who has 2. Coach Mousis would like to see some improvements on the defensive end and better ball control. If the Rams could improve in those two areas they could be very successful moving forward.
The next two games will be challanging, as the Rams are on the road at Pope John and at Roxbury. If the Rams could come away with a victory or two there, then they play their next three games on their home turf.