ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School boys soccer team took to the pitch Tuesday as the Gaels took on their fierce rivals, Randolph, and lost in a close 1-0 game.

As the weather cooled, the competition heated between the Gaels and the Rams as they clashed on the turf on a crisp night at the high school. The game was a heavily defensive battle, with both sides showing their shutdown defenses throughout the first half. Lead by senior goaltender Jason Adamo, the Gaels came out strong on defense and the Rams had trouble in offensive zone.

The game would stay at a draw through the entire first half. Roxbury coach Gary Irwin addressed his team at the break with the game still up for grabs.

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But early in the second half, Roxbury let up a goal to the Rams. The strike by Randolph would prove to be the only one it needed. Roxbury continued to fight, with senior Nick Anderson demonstrating great effort as he put together promising runs that came up short.

And while Anderson locked down the offense, Adamo stood strong in goal making the necessary saves to keep the Gaels in the game. Roxbury had one more chance with a long throw-in by junior David Gaerhart, but the Rams’ defense stood its ground as the final whistle blew.

The Gaels, now 2-10-1, will do battle with Morris Knolls on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Roxbury.