The Riverview Rams made the long journey to Naples on Saturday to take on their district rival, Gulf Coast Sharks. Riverview’s last matchup against Gulf Coast came in the District Championship game back in April, 2021, where the Rams came away with the 11-7 victory, and their 2nd District Championship (2017).
Gulf Coast jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but it was goals by Kevin Southerland and Ken Kaiser, that put the Rams up 3-2 going into halftime. The second half was another story, when the Rams scored the first three goals of the quarter, extending their lead to 6-2. The Rams would go on to score four more goals in the fourth quarter, with the sophomore JC Fleming picking up the last three goals for the Rams, including a beautiful behind-the-back goal on a feed by Kevin Southerland. Fleming led the Rams with 5 points (4G/1A), followed by Southerland with 4 points (1G/3A). Ken Kaiser, Dylan Alexander and Andrew Dirocco each had 2 goals. The defense made some great progress; taking a Gulf Coast team that was averaging nearly 15 goals per game, and holding them to only 6 goals. Will Leffler had 7 saves in goal.