KICKER: BOYS SOCCER MAIN HED: Rams edge Sailors 1-0 on Augustin's header – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — The Riverview Rams remained unbeaten on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Class 7A-District 8 foe and crosstown rival Sarasota High at the Ram Bowl.
The lone goal began with an arching, well-placed corner kick by Riverview senior Ryan Sims that fellow senior Milan Augustine placed at the back of the net with a textbook header.
The score came 23 minutes into the match as the Rams (10-0-2) bombarded the Sailors with shots throughout the match.
“Credit to Sarasota,” veteran Riverview coach Edward Stroop said. “Their game plan was good against us. We are a possession, technical team. They sat back and just tried to defend for most of the match.”
The Sailors (2-6-2) managed to take eight shots against the Rams.
“They got one by us,” Sarasota coach Stanley Heinlein said. “They are a good team. They attack the ball and move very well.”
• The Rams (10-0-2) have outscored their opponents, 29-1, thus far this season. The lone goal they allowed was a penalty kick in a 1-1 tie against Manatee High to open the season. Their streak of shutouts has reached 11 matches in a row. “We always start the season focusing on defense,” Stroop said. “We keep working on that the first half of the season. Pressure, cover, balance. We don’t want to be chasing. It’s really paid off. “We have skilled players on the back line. They are good technical players, not just physical players. We can possess the ball from the back all the way to the front. That’s our system of play.”
• Riverview is the rarest of high school teams due to the fact that it regularly uses three goalkeepers during games. Most teams are simply trying to find one solid player to provide that last line of defense. Against the Sailors, senior Israel Aguilar Vaile started and played the entire first half in goal. Junior Josh Weisman defended the net to start the second half until the water break midway through the period, before giving way to freshman Luca Stefenoni who finished the match. Vaile and Stefenoni each recorded a pair of saves.
• The Rams launched a total of 21 shots against the Sailors, including 11 in the first half and 10 more during the second period.
• Heinlein is in his first season at the helm of the Sailors. “It’s a new program for me,” Heinlein said. “I have a great group of guys. We just have to work hard and learn how to come together. We play some of the best teams in the state, just in our district. “We have to be more aggressive and start winning those first balls and second balls. We need to be able to take a deep breath and maintain our composure and play with discipline. I think we are learning and growing as a team.”
• Riverview challenged Sarasota sophomore goalkeeper Archer Bridges throughout the match. Except for the lone goal, Bridges passed the test. He collected 11 blocks. “He had some great saves,” Heinlein said. “He made some beautiful saves. He was very confident, especially on some corner kicks.”
• The Sailors have a quirk in their schedule that finds them playing a non-district match at Port Charlotte tonight. The two teams play again on Tuesday night in Sarasota before their next match, a rematch vs. Riverview on Wednesday, Jan. 12, following the Christmas break.


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