The Randolph Varsity Boy’s Soccer team traveled to Birmingham this past weekend to open the season in the Lakeshore Shootout. After being moved up to the 6A classification this year, the boys elected to play in the gold bracket against all 6A teams.
In the first game the Raiders played top 10 ranked Chelsea High School. It was a fast paced game but the Raiders controlled much of the possession. The Raiders got on the board first when Sean O’Hare played a great ball forward to Sam Hartley in the 15th min. The game went to the half 1-0. The boys controlled much of the second half as well. They had several opportunities to score. In the 50th minute Tyler Williams was fouled in the box and the team was awarded a PK. Sam Hartley converted the PK to double the lead. They had opportunities to extend the lead but the game ended 2-0.
The Raiders took on Pell City in the second game of the tournament and the boys were ready to play. It was a dominant performance from the start. Sean O’Hare scored 2 two goals while Parker League and Wes Minton each added a goal in the first half. The Raiders were in total control. Sean added a goal in the second half to complete his hat trick. Pell City was able to get a late goal but it was too little too late. The game ended 5-1 for the good guys and the Raiders were now playing their 3rd game for the right to go to the championship game.
Northridge High School, another top 10 ranked team, was the Raiders third opponent and the only one keeping them from the championship game. A win or a tie would put the Raiders in the finals. Both teams played well from the start it was back and fourth the whole game. No one could find the net in the first half. The second half was much of the same. Northridge drew first blood on a free kick. Only two minutes later the Raiders leveled the game off a corner from Parker that Sean tapped in past the keeper. The game was high paced, end to end for the remainder of the game. With less than five minutes to go Northridge played a wide ball in that hit off the post and right in front of one of their players who tapped it in for the 2-1 lead and deciding goal.
The Raiders came up a little short this weekend but showed they are ready to compete with top competition in 6A. The boys play their home opener this Tuesday night against Whitesburg Christian Academy. Come out and support your Raiders.