Recalling Roy-Hart’s first N-O soccer title
Ending a 20 year drought, Roy-Hart claimed the Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer title this fall using the combination of a 3-2 win over Wilson and a 1-0 win by Newfane over Akron on the final weekend to claim the crown outright. The Rams finished at 7-3 with Akron (6-3-1) and Newfane (6-4) close behind.
The Rams exciting title win recalls Roy-Hart’s equally exciting first N-O championship run in 2000.
That fall Coach Carl Husung’s Rams captured their historic first championship by winning their last three games in a row while Starpoint lost its last two.
A narrow 2-1 late season loss to then front-running Starpoint (8-2) dropped Roy-Hart a game off the pace at 6-3.
However, the Rams rebounded strongly to win their final three games beginning with a 1-0 overtime victory over Wilson on a goal by Billy Loeffler.
And just as was the case this year the Rams then got some huge help down the stretch as Starpoint dropped two games in a row losing 1-0 to Akron and 2-1 to Medina to fall to 8-4.
Capitalizing on the opportunity,Roy-Hart moved into first place at 8-3 with a 3-0 win at Newfane on goals by Loeffler, Aaron Hall and Chris Barr to clinch at least a tie for the N-O title.
The Rams then completed their historic league campaign by nipping Medina 1-0 on a goal by Cole Bronson with just four minutes remaining to claim the N-O championship outright.
The Rams finished the N-O title season at 9-3 a game ahead of Starpoint and Albion both at 8-4.