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Heading in the Right Direction: Mineral Ridge High School Boys Varsity Soccer beat John F Kennedy High School 5-1 in the OHSAA Sectional Finals

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

3:00 PM

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Game Recap

The Mineral Ridge Rams and the John F Kennedy Eagles faced off today in a Sectional Final of the OHSAA State Tournament. The sun was shining and the air was warm, a welcome change from years past were the weather was much less pleasant. The last time the Rams played the Eagles was in the Sectional Final of 2015. A sudden death goal in the 2nd overtime period by the Eagles ended the Rams playoff run that year. The Rams were hoping to return the favor today. The game started fast and fierce with neither team really being able to take control for the first 10-12 minutes. The Eagles would strike first, John Michael Diana would score to give JFK the early lead. The Rams regrouped and just 3 short minutes later Garret Smith would play TJ Gaydosh in behind the Eagles backline where Gaydosh would beat the Eagles keeper to put the Rams on the board. 3 minutes after setting up the Rams’ opening goal, Garret Smith would give the Rams a 2-1 lead assisted by Gonzalo Arnes. The score would remain 2-1 until 2 minutes before halftime when TJ Gaydosh would connect with Gonzalo Arnes on a long free kick to give the Rams a 3-1 lead at the half. The Rams started the 2nd half were they left off, scoring a 4 goal barely 3 minutes in when Ian Bitner would find Gonzalo Arnes with a cross into the box. The Rams now controlled the game with a 4-1 lead and was enjoying the majority of possession as well. The Rams would earn 2 penalty kicks in the 2nd half. Eagles Keeper Mike Neapolitian would save the first. Rams Senior Captain Gage Hostetler would convert the 2nd to give his Rams a 5-1 lead. The Rams defeated the Eagles 5-1 today and win their first Sectional Final. The Rams next opponent will be the Rebels of Crestview (Columbiana). The District Semifinal Match will take place at Joe Lane Stadium in Mineral Ridge on Tuesday (10/24/17) at 7:00pm.

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