REYNOLDSBURG — With the Raider Boys Soccer team coming into their Senior Night contest against Bishop Hartley with two losses in its first 12 games and the JV team cruising to a 6-0 victory on the same home field a short time earlier, there was a lot of momentum on the Raiders’ side towards a strong performance.
On Thursday night, that momentum definitely carried over for the Raiders in what was the final home game for its 14 seniors at Baldwin Road Junior High with a packed home crowd.
Senior Garrett Chapman got the Raiders (5-2-6) on the board with 10:13 left in the first half on a penalty kick, while fellow senior Rubbin Jacobs got behind the Hawks’ defenses and extended the lead on a breakaway goal midway into the second half. Every senior contributed in a game where the Raiders dominated and out-shot the Hawks 17-4 en route to sending the Class of 2018 players off with a 2-0 victory in their final home game.
Goalkeeper and senior co-captain Gabe Philhower had 4 saves at the net.
Below are the 14 seniors who were recognized on Thursday night, along with key stats and the remaining regular season schedule.
BOYS SOCCER CLASS OF 2018:
0- Gabriel Philhower (captain)
2- Jaxon Pritt
3- Bishnu Dahal
4- David Gary
5- Bryce Duchense
7- Gabe Blueter
8- Gersam Jorga
9- Ammar Abupakr (captain)
11- Obed Aidoo
12- Garrett Chapman
13- Rubbin Jacobs
17- Vladimir Gonzalez
20- Nehemiah Tanga
22- Alex Kelley
KEY RAIDERS STATS:
Shots on Goal: 17 (Ammar Abupakr- 5; Rubbin Jacobs- 3; Nate Russell and Garrett Chapman- 2 each; Nick Wallace, David Gary, Gabe Blueter, Gersam Jorga, and Jaxon Pritt- 1 each)
Goals: 2 (10:13 1H- Garrett Chapman on PK; 23:47 2H- Rubbin Jacobs)
Saves: 4/4 (Gabe Philhower)
The Raiders still have three road games remaining in the regular season, starting with a trip to division rival Pickerington North on Tuesday 10/3 at 7:30pm. This will be followed by trips to Westerville North on Thursday 10/5 at 7:15pm, and their regular season finale at Lancaster on Tuesday 10/10 at 7:15pm.
GO RAIDERS AND THANK YOU SENIORS!!!