The final goal was just as tidy, Gordon on the receiving end of a move generated by Alex Tinter and Kevin Gardner down the right wing. Gardner laid a ball off to Gordon, who tucked it away from near the penalty spot to put the game out of reach in the 75th.

“Once one goes in, it’s usually harder for the defense to defend,’ Gordon said. “It’s easier for us to keep the momentum. That’s what we did today, and we executed well.’

Gordon’s production finished off a game that Ridley (2-2, 1-1) threatened to tie in the second half. The Green Raiders were sluggish from the start and went down a goal after just seven minutes.

Off a free kick taken by Alex Maillet, Joe Soffer played a header into a crowded area of the box. The final touch came from left back Sam Capalbo, in the right place at the right time on the doorstep to fire Strath Haven ahead.

Gordon had a couple of other chances to increase the lead, and the deficit could’ve been three goals or more if not for assertive interventions from Kopko (nine saves) rushing off his line twice in as many minutes to produce sliding saves on Conner Coan just before the break.

Halftime was a chance to reassess for Ridley, and they were the better for it in the second half, punctuated by Brown’s goal.

“We went down in the first half and started getting down on ourselves, but then the coach brought us up,’ Brown said. “We started playing better in the first (part) of the second half. We had a corner kick, Jamie had a great pass and I got on the end of it.’

Ridley couldn’t carve out many good chances after that, despite enjoying a better share of the action. Strath Haven goalkeeper Matt Eiel was called upon to make four saves, all after the goal and none of a particularly high degree of difficulty.

In nonleague action:

Penn Wood 8, Boys Latin 0: Koffi Adjesson recorded a brace, and Collins Asimoah and Carlos D’Angolell each paired a goal with two assists to lead the Patriots (2-1).

Peddie School 2, Episcopal Academy 1: Matt DePillis scored in the first half, but Peddie’s Chase Covello scored penalty kicks on either side of the interval to hand the Churchmen (4-1-1) their first loss of the season.

Goalie Matt Freese stopped all six of the non-PK shots to come his way.