LUMBERTON — Following his team’s conference match at Lumberton on Wednesday, girls soccer coach Bennie Howard shared what he thought was the reason for the Lady Raiders’ performance in the 3-2 loss.
“We had practice on Tuesday and it didn’t go very well,” he said. “I’m a firm believer that if you don’t practice well, you’re probably not going to play well…We cannot come to practice and be lethargic.”
Despite its efforts in Tuesday’s practice, Richmond was able to get off to good start. Cassie McFayden, who scored five goals in Monday’s win at Purnell Swett, put the Lady Raiders ahead 1-0 with a score just inside the fifth minute.
Lumberton’s Madison Sirmans answered with a goal of her own about 10 minutes later, however, tying the game 1-1. The Lady Pirates would tack on another goal at the 10:38 mark when Brittany Ward slipped the ball past Richmond goalkeeper Tatyana Gould — and the home team went into the half with a 2-1 lead.
A header after intermission gave Lumberton a 3-1 advantage, but Jessi Graham’s rebound shot put Richmond back in the game with under 10 minutes to play. Though they fought hard as time ticked off the clock, the Lady Raiders weren’t able to capitalize on the few looks they had on goal.
Graham would get a clean shot off with under a minute left but the ball sailed just left of the goal post and out of bounds.
“We didn’t take our foot off the gas, it’s just that we made a couple mistakes in the goalbox area — which are all correctable,” Howard added.
For Richmond, the loss was its first of the season. The Lady Raiders won their first two games, tied their next two and was enjoying a four-game win streak until Wednesday.
Lumberton on the other hand, hadn’t won a game until it grabbed an overtime victory over Hoke County on Monday. Before then, the Lady Pirates had loss six games and tied one opponent.
“The taste of defeat is not a fine taste,” Howard said. “So, hopefully we’ll have a great practice tomorrow.”
Richmond (6-1-2, 1-1 SEC) now prepares for a non-conference bout against Central Academy on Friday before taking on Pinecrest next Monday.
Baseball wins close one in SC
HARTSVILLE, S.C. — The Richmond Senior baseball team traveled to South Carolina and earned its second close victory in as many days.
Richmond held on for an 8-7 win over non-conference opponent Hartsville on Wednesday. The game was tied 6-6 after the fifth inning, but the Raiders were able to score two more runs in the final two innings in order to come out on top.
After back-to-back games, Richmond (7-3, 1-0 SEC) will have a day off before hosting Hoke County — who it defeated by a score of 8-7 on Tuesday. The Raiders will look to win their third consecutive game, as they dropped three of four before Monday’s victory.
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