ROCKINGHAM — Three different players scored at least two goals in Richmond Senior’s 11-2 rout of Marlboro Academy’s boys soccer team Thursday night.
“There’s not many teams that are 3-0 right now, so we’ve got smiles on our faces,” coach Bennie Howard said.
Victor Lucrio, who scored in the first 16 seconds of Wednesday’s match, got Richmond on the board in the 8th minute with his second goal of the season. Marlboro (0-1) would tie the game up off of a penalty kick less than a minute later.
“I think they thought that it was going to be somewhat of a cake walk and it wasn’t,” Howard explained. “You can’t take anybody lightly. So, we learned a little lesson tonight.”
Brett Baucom’s rebound resulted in the Raiders’ second score of the night with 18:29 to go in the first half.
And that’s when Richmond separated itself from the visiting team.
Alex Alvarado took advantage of a free kick in the 23rd minute — giving the Raiders a 3-1 lead. He would then assist an easy Carson Leviner goal in the 31st minute.
In the last six minutes of the opening half, Max Diaz snuck one in the net, Carlos Alcacor scored on a long-distance shot and Leviner recorded his second goal to put Richmond ahead 7-1 going into the break.
Marlboro Academy would score the first goal of the second half — and its last of the match — in the 48th minute.
Richmond’s Stefano Cerna responded with two goals in an 11-minute span before Baucom recorded another goal to push the Raiders’ lead to eight (10-2).
Baucom would complete his hat trick with 9:55 to go in the match — ending the game due to the mercy rule.
“Everybody got to play,” Howard said. “Some kids that hadn’t been in the first two games scored some goals and get to see their name in the paper — they were all smiles.”
“Hats off to Marlboro,” he added.
Pine Forest (1-1) is next up on the Raiders’ schedule. That match will take place at Pine Forest at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 24.
“That’s another good test for us,” Howard said. “We’re looking forward to that.”
JV FOOTBALL WINS SEASON OPENER
The Richmond Senior junior varsity football team opened its season with a nail-biting 7-2 victory over Rocky River (0-1) on Thursday night.
Armaad Horton’s 1-yard touchdown gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 8:35 to go in the third quarter.
A fourth-quarter interception from Richmond’s Dereck Barringer looked to seal the deal, however, Rocky River’s defense forced a safety, which gave the Ravens two points and the ball back.
With less than a minute to go, Rocky River saw three different receivers drop three consecutive passes — one of them being mishandled by Savon Williams at the 5-yard line with no one in front of him.
Richmond (1-0) will now prepare for its game at Anson next Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m.
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