LAURINBURG — Richmond Senior soccer coach Bennie Howard saw his team improve each time out but have little to show for it in the first half of the season.
The Raiders entered Wednesday’s contest with their arch-rivals sporting a 1-5-1 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the Southeastern Conference.
Sergio Charparo made sure Richmond got win No. 2. The junior scored both of his team’s goals in a 2-1 road victory over Scotland.
“We played well,” Howard said. “I thought we had more opportunities to score than Scotland did night. Armando (Garcia), Juan (Onesto) and Sergio had chances but we shot them high, wide or right into the keeper’s hands.”
Charparo got Richmond on the board midway through the first half off a pass from Jalon Almond.
Scotland (1-10, 1-4) tied the contest in the second half when Blake Bathie’s shot trickled off the hands of Richmond goalkeeper Logan Deese and into the net.
Charparo tacked on the game-winning goal with nearly 10 minutes left in the game from a feed by Onesto to move the Raiders into fourth place by themselves at the halfway point in SEC play. The NCHSAA changed the number of teams which receive bids from each conference into the playoffs, costing the SEC one spot. Now only three schools will automatically advance to the postseason, any others will have to earn a wild-card berth.
“We know we have to win everyone of our games now,” Howard said. “We have to tie or beat Pinecrest or come up and win the conference tournament to get into the playoffs.”
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Saturday when it will play host to South View.
In the junior varsity game, Scotland blanked Richmond 1-0. The Raiders are now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Tennis match postponed
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior-South View girls tennis match scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was postponed because of rain.
Richmond athletic director Kevin Mabe hopes to reschedule the contest for next week.
The Raiders will return to action 4 p.m. when they travel to Lumberton.
Tickets for Anson game on sale
ROCKINGHAM — Tickets for Friday’s Richmond-Anson football game are available through the RSHS front office.
The cost of a ticket is $7.
For information, call the school at 910-997-9812.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.