RAEFORD — A chance at the No. 2 spot in the conference just got a bit harder to obtain for the Raiders following their double-overtime loss Monday evening.
The Richmond boys soccer team, who was tied with Jack Britt for third place in the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings heading into this week, traveled to Hoke County and dropped a close 3-2 decision after extra time was added to the game clock.
“Both teams played hard. I told the guys that we’ve got to be humble in victory and defeat,” head coach Bennie Howard said.
Senior midfielder Victor Lucero scored the only goal of the first half in order to put Richmond ahead 1-0 at the half. The Bucks tied the game with a goal of their own in the second half, but senior striker Brett Baucom found the back of the net in the 67th minute for what Howard thought was the winning goal.
No more than two minutes after Baucom’s score, however, Richmond gave up another goal and the conference matchup was tied 2-2 with a little more than 10 minutes to go. Neither team was able to score in the waning moments, forcing the game into two overtime periods.
Hoke (4-5-3, 3-3 SAC) took advantage of a foul committed by the Raiders right outside the box and scored on a free kick in order to take its first lead of the game. Richmond (7-5, 3-3 SAC) wasn’t able to return the favor in either extra period and fell to the Bucks for the first time since 2013.
“We had a couple of good opportunities, they just packed it in and played smart soccer,” Howard added.
A year removed from going undefeated in conference play and winning the regular-season title, the Raiders have slid to fourth place in the SAC standings. They will play their third straight road game at Purnell Swett on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
NOTE: Richmond’s junior varsity boys soccer team (6-3, 3-2 SAC) held on for a 1-0 victory over Hoke County on Monday thanks to a goal from sophomore forward Cole Deane.
Lady Rockets prevail over Hamlet
HAMLET — Six players finishing with at least 10 points in the two matches played helped the Lady Rockets earn a win on the road and remain undefeated on the season.
The Rockingham Middle School volleyball team defeated Hamlet on Monday afternoon thanks to E.J. Davis, Catherine Davis, Kenleigh Frye, Madison Jenkins, Joy Styles and Allyiah Swiney. It won the first match by scores of 25-14, 25-7 and the second match by scores of 25-21, 25-7.
Swiney finished with a team-high 25 points, Jenkins tallied 19 points, Davis recorded 17 points, Frye added 15, Dennis chipped in 14 and Styles had 10 points.
Next up, the Lady Rockets will host Anson-Blue on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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