LUMBERTON — Call it a bit of revenge.
Whatever you want to label it, it was exactly what Richmond Senior need.
Richmond’s Brandon Greene scored the game-winning goal off a clearing pass which bounced over the head of Lumberton goalkeeper Christian Valladarez with three minutes remaining in the contest to lift the Raiders to a 3-2 Southeastern Conference victory Wednesday night.
“They won in the last 90 seconds over at our place,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard. “This puts us in a good position. We had to win.”
The victory lifts Richmond to 5-6-1 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. Richmond and Hoke are now tied for third in the standings with three games remaining. Lumberton falls to 10-5 on the season and 5-2 in the league.
After Greene’s goal, Lumberton attempted to find the equalizer in the final minutes. The Pirates’ best opportunity came when Arash Hosseini fired a shot over the goal from 10 yards out.
“We had a goal by Baruch Franco taken away from us after it was tied at 2,” Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons said. “I guess he was called for hooking the arm of the Richmond player. I think in some games you get away with that.”
Johnny Juarez and Armando Garcia each had a tally for the Raiders. Colby Johnson notched both goals for the Pirates.
In the junior varsity contest, Richmond recorded a 5-1 win. Alex Alvardo scored two goals and Josh Griffith, Ryan Watkins and Sean Washington each netted a goal in the victory. Richmond’s junior varsity team is now 7-3 on the season and 4-2 in the SEC.
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. today when it travels to Purnell Swett in a makeup contest from Monday. Richmond’s soccer contest versus Forest Hills scheduled for Saturday afternoon has been canceled.
Richmond players eliminated from tournament
LAURINBURG — Kristen Morrison was the lone Richmond Senior tennis player to get out of the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Morrision defeated Scotland’s Rachel Willis 6-4, 6-1 in her opening match. Lumberton’s Abby Cain eliminated Morrison 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.
Richmond’s other representative in singles, Mckenzie Grimes, was shutout in her first round contest by Pinecrest’s Paige Sumner.
In the doubles portion of the tournament, Scotland’s Bella Whitehead and Makayla Gilmore downed Richmond’s Mackenzie Ransom and Erica Rich 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. Lumberton’s Lane Hickman and Kaylynn Leggette knocked off Richmond’s team of Reagan Ross and Meredith McLean 6-3, 6-2.
RSHS teams finish second in meet
LUMBERTON — The Pinecrest boys and girls cross country squads swept a three-team Southeastern Conference meet Tuesday afternoon at Britt Park in Lumberton. Richmond was second in each, while Lumberton was third.
The Pinecrest boys had 20 points, Richmond totaled 49 and Lumberton finished with 73. On the girls side, the Patriots notched 34 points, the Raiders posted 50 and the Pirates had 52.
Brandon Gibson led the way for the Richmond boys team, finishing fifth in a time of 17:55. Darren Conklin was eighth with a time of 19:10. Summer Moore paced the Richmond girls with her fifth place finish in a time of 23:10. Cameron Hudson took 14th and competed the course in a time of 24:34.
“When we work hard we see results,” Richmond coach Reggie Miller said. “In our race yesterday, the hard work paid off. All the girls set personal records.”
— 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.