Friday, December 3, 2010

HRHS Soccer Post Season Awards

2010 Soccer Awards announced.  All Conference players are Seniors Matt Abbott and Jason Hladik and Jr. Eric Frederick

In addition, Abbott and Frederick were voted to Region 7 All Region team

Team awards (voted on by the team) were:

Offensive MVP - Jr. Adrian Ike

Defensive MVP - Jr. Eric Frederick

Overall MVP - Sr. GK Drew Andreotti

Congratulations to all Ragin' Bulls!
Go Bulls!

Friday, November 12, 2010

One and Done! HRHS Falls to AL Brown 21-18

Signatures games are only signature when you win them.  The Ragin' Bulls  had a wonderful opportunity to have such a game tonight in Kannapolis.  After trailing 14-0 early in the 1st quarter the Hickory Ridge squad really seemed to catch a spark from the creative play calling of the HR coaching staff.   Timely calls for reverses and half back passes got the Ragin' Bulls to 21-10 halftime score.  One big opportunity after another was lost inside the 10 yard line.  On five occasions the Bulls were inside the 10 and did not put points on the scoreboard.

As the second quarter the bulls were inside the 5 with less than a minute to play. Instead of trying the field goal, the final play was a pass that just wasn't there and quarter back Nick Tyson took the sack.

The second half started great for the Bulls.  Kannapolis received the opening kick off and fumbled near midfield.  You feel the momentum swing strong in favor of HRHS.  As the Bulls defense kept coming up big and holding the Wonders scoreless in the 2nd half.

With the final 3 minutes to play, Hickory Ridge was again inside the Wonders 5 yard line.   As the tying field goal was to be attempted a bad snapped killed any chance the Bulls had.  The snap was high and could not be handled, Kicker Shannon Drugan was able to scoop up the loose ball but quickly tackled for huge loss on the play.  Kannapolis only needed to run the clock and that is just what they did.

High lights for HRHS was the fact they made the state playoffs for the 2nd straight year.  Now they can look forward to that signature game in 2011.

Go Bulls!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ragin' into the State Playoffs with win over Robinson

The Hickory Ragin' Bulls are headed to the NC State Playoffs for the second year in a row.  The Friday night win over JM Robinson 48-27 was more of a beating than the final score.  After dominating the Bulldogs for 3 quarters the bulls gave everyone a chance to get involved.  It was cold rainy night, that had the crowd huddled, but the scoring by Bulls seemed to keep the die hard fans entertained.

Now the state playoffs begin next Friday with a trip to Kannapolis to face the SPC conference champs.  The Wonders completed a perfect conference schedule against Concord.

Go Bulls!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bulls soccer season finished

The Hickory Ridge Ragin' men's soccer season ended at Weddington on Wednesday night in the first round of the state playoffs.  The game was decided in the first 7 minutes of the second half when Weddington scored 3 times to take a commanding 5-0 lead with 33 minutes to go in the contest.  After that, coach Wolfe took the opportunity to build toward next year by clearing the bench and giving the underclassmen some playoff experience.  Weddington reciprocated and all that was left was to play it out without injuries or incidents.  Nevertheless, the 11 seniors can take pride in helping the Bulls set a school record for wins in a season and finished with an overall record of 15-5-1.  It is up to the 2011 version of the team to bring home that elusive first playoff victory.  It's been fun.  Good luck next year. 


Friday, October 29, 2010

Hickory Ridge slide continues down the charts with a loss to Concord 35-7

Hickory Ridge now on a 3 game loosing streak and looking for answers as they go into the last week of the regular season.  Concord scored on its first possession of the game and never looked back.  The Bulls never got started on offense.  A pass interception set the Spiders up on the Ragin' Bulls 15 yard line.  One play and Concord QB hit the wide out for 15 yard TD strike.  Next Bulls series ended with another interception, this time a pick 6 making the Concord lead 21-0 with 3 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. 

The Bulls really settled down on defense and held the spiders in check over the second 12 minute period, but the lack of offense made for a cold long night for the Hickory Ridge fans.

The Spiders took the second half kickoff and again scored on their opening drive.  Another TD later on made the score 35-0.  It was midway through the 4th quarter before your Ragin' Bulls found the end zone.  Brian Baltimore scored after several hard runs by Cody Cothern set the bulls deep into Spider territory.

Next up for HRHS is a visit to JM Robinson Bull Dogs.  The final regular season game is a must win for a chance to make it into the playoffs.

Around the league, AL Brown stays perfect at (6-0) after winning against North West (3-3).  Concord (5-1) is firmly in second place after tonight's game.  This effectively sets up a SPC championship game next week against AL Brown.

The next tier is Cox Mill (4-2) after beating JM Robinson (2-4).  Hickory Ridge (3-3) is tied with North West, although NW owns the tie breaker. 

So with 1 week left the standing in SPC:
AL Brown 6-0
Concord 5-1
Cox Mill 4-2
NW Cabarrus 3-3
HRHS  3-3
Mt Pleasant 1-4
CCHS 0-5

Go Bulls!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bulls soccer finish 3rd in SPC

On Monday of this week, the Bulls were in 1st place in the SPC, 11th in the State in the 3A division, and riding high. After Tuesday's night affair with Concord, they were clinging to slim hopes of 1st place with confidence shaken in the SPC after they lost to Concord 4-1. As of Wednesday night after the conference finale loss to Jay M. Robinson 4-0, they no longer harbor illusions of a conference championship, no longer walk with a swagger of invincibility, and stagger into the playoffs state playoffs with questions and doubt. Instead of writing about a victorious finale against conference foe Jay M. Robinson, instead of writing about beautiful soccer and team togetherness, instead of writing about even pulling a tie out of the finale that would have guaranteed the Bulls a 2nd place finish in the SPC, anyone associated with Hickory Ridge soccer is wondering what went wrong in 2 short days.

What IS clear is the Bulls finished 3rd in the SPC, their highest ever finish in their 4 short years of existence, and will play Weddington at Weddington next week in the State Playoffs. What is also clear is the Bulls finish with a best ever overall record of 15-4-1 and conference record of 11-3. So despite the disappointment of the past week, the Ragin' men have something to be proud of and hopefully build upon as they continue their quest to raise the bar for Hickory Ridge soccer by winning a playoff game.

Go Bulls!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bulls soccer suffer 2nd conference defeat

The last time the Hickory Ridge Bulls lost a soccer match it was in Concord 11 games ago. The next loss was suffered tonight against that same Concord team by nearly the same score. Not a way to celebrate senior night in the last regular season home game of the 2010 campaign. Indeed, the game was not even 15 seconds old when the Bulls suffered a key injury to starting left fullback Garrett Hill that sent him to the sidelines for the night with a left shoulder injury. On the ensuing free kick, Concord scored the first goal on a 2nd rebound shot after the first 2 were successfully thwarted by Sr. keeper Drew Andreotti. And just like that, the Bulls were on their heels playing defensively the rest of the first half. Hickory Ridge did miss a golden opportunity to equalize when a free kick of our own sailed over all the defenders to Jr. Brandon Castillo who had a wide open net, but unfortunately Brandon was unable to get a good leg on it and the shot caromed to the Spiders goal keepers waiting arms. Concord scored their 2nd goal with 2:02 remaining in the first and that's how the half ended.

The resolute Bulls kept their composure to start the 2nd half and immediately went on the offensive putting good pressure on the Spiders defense. Unfortunately, the Bulls got caught in a counter-attack that left them in a 3-0 deficit with 33:45 left in the game. Rather than fold on this senior night, the Bulls continued attacking and returned to the style of play that made them successful all year, albeit a bit too late. The ragin' men were finally rewarded with about 5 minutes to go in the contest with a penalty kick that Sr. Alex Batson neatly placed past the Spiders keeper to make the score 3-1. Unfortunately, the men ran out of steam, gave up a PK of their own in the last seconds of the contest that was successfully converted by Concord, and the heavily contested game came to a sputtering close, 4-1 Concord.

There is still a slim chance for a conference championship, but 2 losses to Concord puts the Spiders in the drivers seat for their first SPC conference championship in soccer. Hickory Ridge finishes conference play Wednesday Oct. 27 at Jay M. Robinson. A victory ensures the men of no worst than 2nd place in the conference and keeps their slims hope for a championship alive.