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Rams fall in heart-breaker

WILSON – It was a heart-breaker.

Ridgecroft School, who sits fourth in the Coastal Plains Independent Conference behind the state’s three top-ranked soccer teams, fell to number one Greenfield School 1-0 in overtime here Tuesday.

“It was a heart-breaking 1-0 loss,” said Rams’ coach Aron Martin. “I felt like we gave a Herculean effort all night. They had chances and we had chances, but we couldn’t quite pull it off.”

The coach said he always assessed his team’s performance after games, but had nothing but positives from the Tuesday loss.

“I find no fault with our play today,” he said. “If we give that kind of effort the rest of the way, we’ll be in the midst of everything as the season comes to a close.”

Greenfield got a goal from Curran Blackwell in the first overtime period and that was enough to secure the victory.

Martin was particularly pleased with the play of his defense, saying he got excellent play from Rob Deanes, Patrick Dilday, Chase Riddick and Blake Sumner.

“Blake Sumner seemed to be everywhere,” he said.

The coach also was happy with the play of senior Hanes Joyner.

The junior varsity Rams also suffered a setback, falling to Greenfield 3-2 despite goals from Landon Larabee and Max Boone.

The Rams will be at home Friday when they host Wayne Country Day School during Homecoming 2008. The junior varsity game will begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 4:45 p.m.