Raiders rock Rams
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — After struggling to score goals in the early part of the season, the Richmond Senior boys soccer team came out firing fast and furiously against Purnell Swett.
The Raiders scored five goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest en route to downing the Rams 10-1 in a Southeastern Conference contest in 40 minutes Monday night at Raider Stadium.
“I was pleased,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “For the last eight days all we have been working is on shooting drills. That’s all we’ve done.
“I went to the archives and pulled out a bunch of shooting drills. I’m hoping it will carry over to Wednesday.”
Andrew Balzer opened the scoring blitz for the Raiders (1-3-1, 1-1) with a goal two minutes into the contest. Juan O’Nasto recorded a natural hat trick over the next two minutes to stretch the lead to 4-0. Jalon Almond added a fifth goal nearly five minutes later off a throw-in by Josh Swails.
Purnell Swett attempted to respond behind the play of Joseph Velasquez. The junior forward forced two corner kicks and fired two shots just wide of the goal over the next 15 minutes of play. Velasquez finally got the Rams (1-4, 0-2) on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal with 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
Richmond closed out the match with five goals in the final 10 minutes. Johnny Juarez scored twice, Balzer added his two goal of the contest and O’Nasto netted his fourth tally of the night. Sergio Charparo recorded the final goal of the game with 34.3 seconds remaining.
“We really needed a ‘W’ for moral,” Howard said. “We’ve been down and had a rough start to the season. Tonight put some smiles on our faces. I hope it will carry over.”
Richmond will welcome Lumberton to Raider Stadium 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Richmond finishes third in SEC match
PINEHURST — For the second straight week, Pinecrest’s girls golf team paced the field in a Southeastern Conference match Monday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 1.
Pinecrest finished with a score of 316, followed by Hoke County at 381 and Richmond Senior with a 396. Scotland came in fourth with a 422 total. Purnell Swett and Lumberton finished fifth and sixth with scores of 425 and 429, respectively.
For the Raiders individually, Cassie Smith fired a 93. Kim Covington and Cassie McFayden both shot a 100. Hannah Altman carded a 103. Kiyanna Williams had a 114 and Karrington Locklear shot a 115.
— 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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