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Lady Rams make tourney

GREENSBORO – Ridgecroft School received a reprieve.

The Lady Ram soccer team wasn’t sure whether Wednesday afternoon would be a practice day or the day they packed up for the summer.

“I told them to bring their practice gear and their jerseys,” second-year Head Coach Aaron Martin said. “Fortunately, we were able to get back on the practice field.”

The Rams finished the season 5-8-2, but played in the toughest 1-A/2-A conference in the state in the form of the Coastal Plains Independent Conference.

That league placed five schools in the 1-A bracket of the state playoffs, including the Lady Rams.

Ridgecroft was given the number eight seed in the NCISAA tournament thanks in large part to a final regular-season victory over Greenfield School this past Friday. That mark over the fourth-seeded Greenfield team was enough to get them into the post-season.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity,” Martin said.

The Rams will get a test in round one, drawing top-seeded Faith Christian School who already owns to victories over the Rams this season.

That matchup is slated for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Christian.

Leading the way for the Rams will be CPIC Player of the Year Hayes Bryant. The right-footed striker has led Ridgecroft in scoring. All-CPIC performers Kristen Cayton and April Piland will also be counted on by the Rams.

Rounding out the top eight were second-seeded Trinity Academy, third-rated Gaston Day School, number four Greenfield, number five Wayne Country Day Schools, sixth seeded Northwood Temple Academy and seventh-rated Kerr-Vance Academy.