The Raid fails as Knights prevail

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By Alex Glick

The Grady boys soccer team dispatched the Riverwood Raiders in an easy 5-0 win on Wednesday at Grady stadium.

The visiting Raiders had reason to feel confident coming into the game after beating the Knights in their past two matchups, but that confidence evaporated quickly as Wednesday’s game began.

The Knights came out on fire as senior captain Nate James scored a quick goal in the 10th minute of the match.  The early shot set the pace for the rest of the match as Grady finished with 29 shots compared to three for Riverwood.

“It was rewarding to beat a team that we so narrowly lost to last season,” James said after the game.

An excellent defensive effort by the Knights thwarted the Raider offense all game long.  With only a handful of shots on the night, the punchless Raiders left Grady Stadium empty-handed.

Clamping down on defense from the onset, the Knights methodically put the game away.  Tim Addcock and Asa Wolfe both scored twice, with captain Whit Maupin assisting one of Addcock’s goals.  Arbey Ramirez also found the net for the Knights.

“We established our style of play early and easily saw our way through the game,” Maupin said.

Grady kept possession for the majority of the game, and Riverwood could not take advantage of the few opportunities that came its way.

The Raiders left Grady stadium with their battle-axes between their legs.

The win has given Grady a higher ranking in the playoff race, and they hope to channel this momentum for the remainder of the 2012 season.

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