ROCKINGHAM — Richmond coach Bennie Howard knew it was going to be tough to beat Pinecrest.
After watching the top team in the Southeastern Conference take advantage of his team’s early defensive mistakes, he knew it was going to be a long night.
The Patriots scored two goals in 20 seconds in the game’s fourth minute en route to an 8-0 win over the Raiders Monday night at Raider Stadium.
It was the third straight loss for Richmond. The Raiders are now 7-11-1 on the season and 3-5-1 in the SEC.
“We made some mistakes by not keeping up with our marks,” Howard said. “Ray (Blatz) has a good team over there. It’s tough for us to beat a team which the girls play all year. It’s really pretty to watch, hard to beat.”
After jumping out to the quick two-goal lead, the Patriots added three more tallies before halftime.
Richmond’s lone opportunity to break into the scoring column came in the 24th minute when Lashonda York picked up a loose ball deep in Pinecrest end of the field. York’s shot to the left corner of the net was punched aside by the Patriots’ Abbey Crider.
In the opening moments of the second half, Pinecrest once again scored in a flurry. The Patriots added to their lead with two goals in 40 seconds to increase the lead to 7-0.
“I thought the girls played hard tonight,” Howard said. “We have to turn our attention to Wednesday to break this losing streak.”
The Raiders will close out the regular season at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home against Scotland.
In the junior varsity game, Pinecrest posted a 4-0 victory.
Raiders finish fifth in match
LUMBERTON — The Richmond Senior boys golf team finished with a team score of 349 to finish fifth in a Southeastern Conference golf match Monday afternoon at Pinecrest Country Club.
Tyler Kirk and Curt Kindley each fired an 84, while John Dunlap carded a 90. Drew Norton had a 91 and Caleb Neeley finished with a 92.
Pinecrest won its fifth straight conference match with a score of 300, followed by Purnell Swett with a 327. Lumberton took third with a team total of 334, seven shots better than Scotland. Hoke County came in sixth at 362.
“Once again it was Purnell Swett, Lumberton, Scotland and us right near each other score-wise,” Richmond coach Ray Entwistle said. “The wind and the cold weather really affected the players today.”
The Raiders will close out the regular season at 2 p.m. Monday at Pinehurst No. 5.
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