RANDOLPH, NJ- Erick Pino sparked the Rams with two goals off headers, while Ryan Martin got the start in goal and backstopped a strong defense to help Randolph Boys soccer take a 3-1 victory over Roxbury on Monday Sept. 16.
The Rams put on a good show for their raucous crowd; one that filled the stands to capacity for the combined Senior night / Fan Appreciation game.
“It felt great playing in such a highly anticipated game under the lights in front of an energetic student section,” said senior captain Ryan Ruhalter. “The team was composed and played well for the entirety of the game.”
Coach George Mousis started an “All-Senior” lineup, making sure to get playing time on this special night for some seniors who may not get on the field too often during the season.
“It was an incredible feeling to step on the field with all the kids I grew up playing with,” said Captain Kyle Silverstein. “Especially seeing them step up in a big game like this; everyone knew what their job was and performed at the top of their game in front of the home crowd.”
Pino put the Rams up 1-0 with a header late in the first half, but Roxbury got the equalizer, converting on a penalty kick after a foul in the box.
Pino struck again on another header early in the second, giving the Rams the lead and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
On the go-ahead goal, Gilad Krasner-Cohen pushed the ball up the right side of the field, and sent a perfect cross into the box. Pinot came in from the back-side and sent the ball across the goalie back to the opposite side for a 2-1 lead.
Then late in the third, Akay Utku put the nail in the Gaels coffin, scoring on a rebound off of a direct kick from right in front of the Rams bench.
The Roxbury goalie made the original save, but the ball popped back out to Atku who scored a beautiful goal by knocking it into the net while in mid-air.
Martin went the distance in net, taking over for regular starting goalie Andre Schiavone for the Senior Night game. Aside from giving up the one goal on a penalty kick, Martin shut out the Gaels and was vocal in directing his troops all game long.
“It was great seeing Ryan back on the field,” said Silverstein. “He stepped up in a big game against our rival, and had a great performance.”
The Rams then played Hunterdon Central on Tuesday Sept. 17, and took a 1-0 victory, with Pinot scoring the lone goal. The Rams are now 4-1-1 on the season. Randolph hits the road to play Morristown on Thursday Sept. 19.