Who’s the best 2018 state soccer champ? Vote now for your RAIDERS!
The Raiders faced the Briarwood Lions in the AHSAA 4A-5A State Championship Friday night. This was the rematch of last year’s final and the Lions were looking to get revenge on the Raiders. The Lions have good speed and showed it early in the game. They countered off a Randolph corner kick and were able to get behind the Raider defense to take the 1-0 lead early in the game. The Raiders weren’t rattled and quickly gained control of the midfield. In the 14th minute the Raiders found the tying goal when Ian Krajna found Sean O’Hare who placed it perfectly past a diving keeper.
The game was now tied but the Raiders were now in control and the possession was nearly all Randolph. It was just over a minute to play in the first half when the Raiders struck again. Ian again played a great ball in, this time to Parker League, who juked a defender and put it far post for the lead. The Raiders never looked back.
The second half was all Randolph. It only took 4 minutes for Randolph to extend the lead. Sean O’Hare played a great through ball to Sam Hartley. Sam cut one defender and put the ball right over the diving keeper. Just a few minutes later it was Sam that found Sean making a run in to the box. Sean first time the pass in to the back of the net and the Raiders were now up 4-1 with just over 30 minutes to play. The Raiders continued control the possession and the pace of the game. With 17 minutes remaining Sam dribbled 3 defenders and laid the ball off to Sridhar Karne who tapped it in for the 5-1 lead. The game finished 5-1 and your Randolph Raiders are the 2018 AHSAA 4A-5A State Champions. This is the eight state championship for the program and the third in the last four years. #NothinGiven
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