The Rams win one, they lose one.
That's how things have panned out for a team coming off a 17-win season, and Ridgewood continued that trend during the winter break.
The host of the fourth annual Ridgewood Winter Soccer tournament defeated Tampa Blake 3-2 following a 2-1 loss to Tampa Newsome.
"We just couldn't score, which is the story of our season," Rams coach Ed McComiskey said of the first game.
Ridgewood was not the only county team in the tourney. Wesley Chapel went 1-2, including a 2-0 loss to Newsome in a consolation game. won the tournament by defeating Dunedin 3-2 in overtime.
Wesley Chapel split two overtime games in the tournament. Pat Lane scored and goalkeeper Marc Quiles notched his fourth shutout in a 1-0 win over St. Petersburg Northeast.
Wesley Chapel came up short in its other game, a 6-4 overtime loss to Dunedin, but not for lack of trying as the Wildcats overcame a three-goal deficit to force a tie at 4.
"They showed a lot of heart in that game," Wildcats coach Brian Dorkowski said of his players. "They didn't give up."
Sean Kelly and Bryan Sumner each had two goals for the Wildcats against Dunedin.
Like Ridgewood (5-6-2), Wesley Chapel (7-7-1) has been consistently mediocre.
"We have not shown that we can beat the top-end teams yet," Dorkowski said. "I don't think our play (in the tourney) was really good. We're not mentally prepared. It seems we have to get kicked in the gut to get going."
Ridgewood has won two of the four winter tourneys it has hosted (last season and in 2000), but a lack of offense in the opening game put the host team out of the running early.
Chris Daly, one of two senior starters for the Rams along with Andre Richard, scored his team-leading 12th goal in the loss to Newsome. The Rams got goals from Ryan Piemonte, Edgar Centeno and Mike Kern in the Blake game.
Centeno and Kern, a junior varsity callup, came off the bench.
"The other guys weren't getting it done," McComiskey said of those players' increased roles.
SUN BOWL CHAMP: Sean Doyle has been slowed by a hamstring injury for most of the season, but the River Ridge junior healed in time to play in the prestigious Tampa Bay Sun Bowl, a nationally acclaimed tournament for elite club teams played during the winter break.
Doyle was a defender for Hillsborough County United, which played seven games in four days and won the Under-17 Gray title.
"He makes a difference in the back," HC United coach Kelvin Jones said. "He was running hard, but I knew he was hurting."