ROCKINGHAM — The Scotland girls tennis team dropped one game in its Southeastern Conference match with Richmond Senior Wednesday afternoon.
The Fighting Scots claimed a 9-0 victory to hand the Raiders their third defeat of the week and their fifth-consecutive loss. Richmond is now 1-6 overall and 1-4 in SEC action.
“It’s been a hard week,” Richmond coach Paula York said. “We have played three of our toughest opponents on back-to-back-to back days.”
The Raiders were without their No. 1 singles player, Caroline Kirkland, forcing York to move everyone up one spot in the order. Scotland’s Charlotte Laurent downed Katy Shelley in the top singles match 8-0. Munroe Buie blanked Abbi Carpenter 8-0, while Leslie Floyd shut out Haleigh Denham 8-0. Sallie Wegner cruised past Summer Jacobs 8-0.
Kaylan Ellis dropped the only game the Fighting Scots lost on the day in an 8-1 win over Peyton Hunt. Hannah Cox closed out the singles competition with an 8-0 victory against Chelsea Covington.
“Having to move up a spot can sometimes get you in a bad frame of mind from the beginning,” York said. “I thought we played better and I see an improvement. That’s what I hope for, for us to get better each day.”
In doubles, Laurent and Floyd rolled past Carpenter and Denham 8-0, while Buie and Wenger knocked off Shelley and Jacobs by the same score. Shalisa Salters and Cox stopped Meredith McLean and Covington 8-0.
The Raiders will return to action 4 p.m. Tuesday when they visit Lee County in a nonconference clash.
Raiders, Bucks tie in SEC opener
RAEFORD — The Richmond Senior and Hoke County boys soccer teams battled to a 1-all tie in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools Wednesday night.
The Bucks netted the game’s first goal in the opening moments of the contest before Richmond (6-0-2, 0-0-1) tied the game at the 10-minute mark when Josh Swails scored on a penalty kick.
Neither team was able to record the go-ahead goal in overtime. The Bucks finished with 16 shots on goal, while the Raiders registered nine.
Backup goalkeeper Logan Deese started in place of Chris McDonald, who was out because of an illness.
“Both teams had opportunities in overtime,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “Logan stepped up and played a great game for us. It was a good soccer match, both teams played well.”
The Raiders will return to action 7 p.m. Monday at SEC rival Purnell Swett.
In the junior varsity game, the Raiders remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory over the Bucks. Zac Leberth, Rogelio Reyes and Jordan Buie all scored a goal in the victory. The Richmond JV team is now 5-0 on the season, 1-0 in conference play.
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