The Ashley Ridge boys have defeated some highly touted soccer teams but they had never been able to top Fort Dorchester, until Tuesday.
The Swamp Foxes earned a 1-0 victory over the Patriots, their first over the Fort in several attempts since AR opened in 2008 to relieve overcrowding at Fort Dorchester and Summerville.
“We had a win over Wando, but not over the Fort so I am so pleased for my seniors,” Ashley Ridge coach Nate Harris said. “These are the kids that came on the year we were reclassified to 4-A and they were beat up on a couple of times after we first made that jump but they kept going. This is big to them after suffering through some lopsided games with Fort Dorchester.”
After the game didn’t start out as the coach had hoped he decided to put some fresh legs in and the move paid off.
“We started extremely slow, but then we did a whole-sale change and the bench really picked us up,” Harris said. “We only have 17 players on our roster but we have a lot of depth because our bench players and starters are not that far apart. Tonight their effort and their energy really lifted us.”
Freshman Tristen Caples scored the goal in the first half with an assist from Zack Vollertsen.
“Zack just kept working and working until he got the ball to Tristen who took a good shot,” Harris said. “It wasn’t that hard but he put it rigt in the corner.”
Stockton Blanchard had the shutout in goal.
The Swamp Foxes improved to 7-3 on the season with a 1-1 mark in Region 8-AAAA. The Patriots fell to 5-4, 1-2.
Ashley Ridge plays at Summerville Tuesday. Fort Dorchester travels to Bluffton Tuesday.