In the only match this week for Hickory Ridge, the ragin men dominated yet another SPC opponent. The contestant this week was AL Brown. Hickory Ridge travelled to Kannapolis for the first meeting this season against the Wonders and left with a comfortable 4-1 victory. The Bulls got things going early when forward Matt Abbott sent a pass up the middle for forward Adrian Ike to run onto, make a slight move right, and place a ball past the Wonder keeper into the net for a 1-0 lead. From that point on, the Bulls fine tuned their passes, communicated well on the field, and generally picked up the attack and the pressure. With 20 minutes left in the half, Abbott and Ike hooked up again for the 2nd score when Matt again sent a diagonal pass that Adrian collected and placed past the keeper into the net. With the half winding to close, Abbott and Ike connected for the third time giving Adrian his first half trick of the season.
The second half started with the Bulls controlling possession and pressuring the Wonders. Hickory Ridge forced Kannapolis into a turnover in the center of the field just outside the 18 that Adrian was able to get to first and put the final Hickory Ridge points on the board. Score, Adrain 4, AL Brown 0. Kannapolis continued playing hard however and managed to ruin the Drew Andreotti's and the defense's clean sheet with a score of their own. The 10-2-1 Bulls are now ranked 13th in the state in the 3A rankings (per Eurosport), 12th in the Charlotte Observer sweet 16, and 2nd in the SPC conference behind Concord and tied with Robinson in the loss column. Next up....Robinson next Tuesday at home. Come out and cheer on the Bulls in a key SPC game...the battle for sole possession of 2nd place.
Adrian Ike scores the first of his 4 goals against the Wonders