Ridgecroft soccer continues roll

Published 3:56 pm Monday, September 27, 2010

AHOSKIE – Ridgecroft School continues to stake its claim to being the best North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 1-A soccer team.

After knocking off top-ranked Greenfield on Tuesday, the Rams have continued to show their dominance, beating The Epiphany School 9-0 on Thursday before blanking Oakwood School 5-0 during Homecoming festivities on Friday.

Friday, the Rams scored early and often to make sure they defended their home pitch at Mike Bryant Soccer Field.

Two early goals have the Rams the lead for good as they rolled to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the Coastal Plain Independent Conference.

Drey Chrysostomou had two goals during the afternoon and added one assist while senior Aaron Rock had a goal and three assists.

Ryan Beggs and Michael Byrum added one goal each during the afternoon affair.

“I’m extremely pleased with the decision, but it certainly was not our best match,” Ridgecroft Head Coach Aron Martin said afterwards. “We could use Homecoming as an excuse, but there isn’t one. We need to be more focused in the contest and I think that’s something we’ll take away from this one.”

The day before the Homecoming win, Ridgecroft dominated The Epiphany School thanks in large part to an outstanding effort by Byrum. The senior had six goals in the 9-0 win.

“It was a good win,” Martin said. “We seemed to match up favorably with them and Michael had an outstanding match.

“What I’m most pleased with is getting some time for our younger, more inexperienced players,” he said. “We’re very young on the bench and getting them playing time will pay dividends down the road.”

In additional to Byrum’s excellent match, the Rams got a goal and five assists from Beggs. Rock added two scores while Chrysostomou had a goal and an assist and Matthew Judge added a goal.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Rams this week as they welcome CPIC rival Wayne Country Day School on Tuesday before traveling to Faith Christian on Thursday.