Raiders, Vikings battle to tie
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — Shots were sailing right, left and high of the net as both teams continued to squander scoring chances.
The final result was fitting as Richmond Senior and Union Pines ended Wednesday’s contest tied at 2.
“We missed opportunities and so did Union Pines,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “I think we had more.”
The Raiders (0-1-1) trailed by two goals midway through the second half when Brandon Ingram broke loose on a corner kick by Johnny Juarez. Ingram headed the ball past Matt Cooper and just under the crossbar to trim the deficit to 2-1.
“That was a big goal for us off a set piece,” Howard said. “It was a good header and that gave us some momentum.”
Richmond continued to push forward over the next 15 minutes searching for the tying goal. Sergio Charparo tied the contest at 2 from a pass from Andrew Balzer.
“We played with discipline tonight,” Howard said. “I’m proud of them, they didn’t hang their heads when we fell behind by two. We held possession, knocked the ball around and had scoring chances. We hit the post twice. An inch here, an inch there and we get the win.”
Riley O’Neil and Brennon Bullock netted goals for Union Pines (2-0-2).
Richmond returns to the pitch 6 p.m. Tuesday at Raider Stadium against East Montgomery.
In the junior varsity game, Richmond posted its second consecutive shutout to open the season in a 5-0 victory. Manual Zapata and Jory Smith each scored twice and Bryce Dixon tallied the other goal for the Raiders (2-0).
Richmond volleyball earns first victory
WADESBORO — It didn’t come easy, but the Richmond Senior volleyball squad earn its first win over the season.
After dropping the first set, the Raiders rallied to claim the next three to defeat Anson 3-1 Wednesday night.
“After a great practice yesterday we were consistent,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “Bre (McKinnon) and Nile (Fisher) hit the ball really well from the outside. Bre had 12 points off her serves and the back row passed great. I’m very proud.”
The Bearcats captured the first set 25-20 before the Raiders fought back to take the final three 25-16, 25-20 and 26-24.
Richmond (1-3) will return to action 6 p.m. today at West Montgomery.
In the junior varsity contest, Anson swept Richmond 2-0.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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