Rams, Vikes#8217; tie

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2007

AHOSKIE – Ridgecroft and Halifax Academy played to a draw Tuesday afternoon as neither team was able to break the 2-2 tie.

Seventh grader Miller Bryant scored her first career goal to give Ridgecroft a 1-0 advantage early in the contest.

With 23:20 remaining in the first half Halifax got their first goal of the afternoon. Jodi Williams crossed the ball from the left side, drawing Lady Rams keeper Caitlyn Harrison out of the net. Chloe Conner got behind Harrison and netted the ball for the score.

Halifax took 2-1 lead after Williams won the ball from a Ridgecroft defender just outside the goalie box.

Williams then went one-on-one against Harrison, kicking the ball into the left side of the net for the goal.

The Lady Vikings led a balanced attack in the first half, using both sides of the field and keeping the ball in Ridgecroft territory much of the time.

They played an aggressive first half, often winning loose balls, and kept Ridgecroft on the defensive.

Kristin Cayton and Hayes Bryant got several good looks at the goal, but the Lady Rams were often undermanned on the attack facing many one-on-three and three-on-six situations.

“We weren’t really keen on ball possession in the first half,” said Ridgecroft Head Coach Aaron Martin. “We were getting desperate and hitting too many long balls which gave possession back to Halifax.”

During the second half Halifax appeared sluggish as Ridgecroft’s speed began to wear their opponent down.

Their play at midfied also improved which led to better attacks on goal.

Ridgecroft tied the game with a shot by Cayton.

The senior’s shot was initially deflected by Halifax keeper Elena Buccialia, but rolled behind the goalie for the score.

Both teams worked to break the tie, landing numerous shots on goal, but neither could get one past the keeper as the whistle blew with the game in a 2-2 tie.

“We got one-two combinations through the midfield and had some success,” said Martin.

Harrison had an outstanding afternoon in goal, making several saves under pressure.

Her efforts take on more significance when taking into account this is Harrison’s first year in the net and only her third game of the season.

The Rams are 2-0-1 after the match.