RANDOLPH, NJ- On September 28th the Randolph Rams boys soccer team matched up against their rivals from Roxbury on DaSilva Field. While the Rams have been flying high with a record of 5-1, the Gaels have stumbled so far, entering the game with a 1-6 record. But when rivals meet, anything can happen.
The Game was played in front of a packed crowd, with the home fans there to cheer on the Rams. Randolph created plenty of chances to break the ice, led by captain Mike Galipo, who fired a few scoring chances at the net. Galipo once went high on the goalkeeper, and on a second shot the goalie was able to get a hand on the ball and just narrowly knock it away from the net.
Randolph looked good early, creating chances in the offensive zone, but they ultimately failed to put the ball home. There would be no scoring from either side in regulation, and the game ended in a scoreless draw. Two overtime periods followed, however neither would yield a goal.
Roxbury squandered a few of their OT chances around Rams goalie Evan Miele, and the game would end in a 0-0 tie.
Despite the long scoreless game, the Rams played with energy and speed throughout the game. The Gaels would match the energy, making for a closely battled contest.
Miele, for the second straight game, was credited with making 15 saves, as the game was a goalie battle all the way.
The Rams defense will face a fierce challenge in their next game on Friday Sept. 30 at home against Hunterdon Central. The Devils will roll into Randolph with a 6-1 record, having scored a hefty 22 goals in their seven games. Meanwhile, Randolph will be waiting with their stout defense, having only surrendered a total of two goals in their seven games.