ROCKINGHAM — As Lumberton was getting onto the bus to return home, it accomplished something no other Pirate soccer team had done before — beat Richmond Senior by mercy rule.
In fact, Richmond coach Bennie Howard said he couldn’t recall the last time one of his squad had been mercy ruled.
Four Lumberton players scored two goals en route to a 9-0 victory over Richmond Wednesday night at Raider Stadium. The Pirates improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Raiders fell to 2-4-1 on the season and 1-2 in the SEC.
Chloe Locklear scored off her own rebound with 24:01 remaining in the second half to end the game. That play allowed Locklear to join Kendall Blaine, Madison Britt and Michaela Nash as scoring two goals in the victory. Madison Sirmans registered the other tally for the Pirates.
Lumberton was without three starters in its lineup. Goalkeeper Brittany Bolin sat out, while Jordan and Peyton Singleton are still sidelined because of their participation in an altercation during the team’s win over Pinecrest. Backup goalkeeper Alexis Andrews earned the shutout and faced just a handful of shots.
“We had the opportunity to play everyone and to give significant playing time to everyone,” Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons said. “It was a good time for us to build depth.”
Across the field, Howard was hoping his team can recover in time for Friday’s road game against Union Pines before returning to conference play against Pinecrest and Scotland next week.
“Hats off to Kenny and his girls, they are a good team,” Howard said. “We didn’t have our minds in the game. We have lots of things to work on in practice.”
Cherie Ellerbe had Richmond’s best offensive chance, but sent a shot from point-blank range over the crossbar in the opening moments of the second half.
In the junior varsity contest, Lumberton defeated Richmond 5-3. Hailey Bass scored two goals and Rilee Sheppard netted the other for the Raiders (0-1-2) in the loss.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.