Alderoty’s Two Goals Lift RFH To Important Win Over RBC

October 20, 2011
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By Jim Hintelmann

RED BANK –Following Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s  hard fought 3-2 victory over Red Bank Catholic Monday, both Rumson (10-4) coach Jon Reynolds and RBC coach George Black highlighted the positives.

“It was a good win,” said Reynolds, whose team gained the 16th  seed for the upcoming Shore Conference Tournament. “There is a nice rivalry going between us. It was close to the end.  We were able to withstand the pressure and come out with a victory, which was fantastic.”

Ryan Fox (10) of Red Bank Catholic and Matt Dell (50) of Rumson-Fair Haven vie for the ball during Monday's game at Count Basie Field. - Sean Simmons

Rumson’s Ben Alderoty scored a pair of goals including the game winner, but the key play in the game came with three minutes left when Rumson goalie Chris Tierney (13 saves) made a diving stop of a shot from in close by RBC’s  EJ Sauer to preserve the win.

“He’s only a sophomore but he’s been tremendous for us,” said Reynolds. “I think that we can make a run in both the conference tournament and the states.”

“EJ has been our goal scorer all season,” said Black. “He’s a great leader and the hardest working guy out there. I thought that he was going to hook it inside the near post but it didn’t happen. Their goalie made a great save.”

Alderoty snapped a 2-2 tie at 9:46 of the second half when he lofted a line drive shot from about 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the RBC net for his 13th goal of the season.

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“It was going across and no one was on me,” Alderoty said. “As I pushed out, I called for the ball and I got my right foot on it and curved the ball in.”

RBC (4-12-1), in a rebuilding season, played one of its best games despite the loss and took a 1-0 lead  at 12:47 of the first half with a shot from five yards out.

Rumson, though, scored the next two goals with Harry Gassert tying the game at 1 with a shot from 15 yards away at the 28:18 mark of the first half followed by Alderoty’s first goal of the game, a  long 40-yarder that went in.

RBC kept battling, however, and Sauer tied the game just before the half with a shot from in close after receiving the ball from Walt Culkin.

“Rumson played well today and has been a good club all season,” said Black. “We’ve had some tough one goal losses this season.”

“This was one of the best games we played all season as a team,” he said. “We moved the ball well and the boys played their hearts out, but their guy (Alderoty) hit a couple of long shots and that was the difference in the game.”

Black is optimistic that RBC will have a strong club in the near future.

“We start a freshman and use three or four sophomores,” said Black. “We’re in good shape going into the future. This program is in good shape and we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

[nggallery id=11] Photos by Sean Simmons

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