ROCKINGHAM — Richmond coach Bennie Howard hoped to have a better result in his team’s season debut at Raider Stadium.
After playing their first three home games of the season at the Ninth Grade Academy because of construction on the school’s track, the Raiders lost their second straight Southeastern Conference contest as Pinecrest blanked Richmond 5-0 Monday night.
“Mistakes equal goals,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We can’t make mistakes against a good team like Pinecrest.”
The Raiders struggled to generate offense against the Patriots, managing just three shots on goal in the contest. One of Richmond’s best opportunities to score came in the opening minutes of the second half. The Raiders had a handful of opportunities inside the penalty box but were unable to generate a shot on goal.
In the game’s 55th minute, Cole Latta ripped a shot from the left wing, which sailed past Pinecrest goalkeeper Garrett Melia, but just missed going inside the far post.
The Patriots, on the other hand, fired 16 shots at Richmond’s four goalkeepers. Gerardo Peraza, Phil Lett, Hayden Little, Drew Phillips and Taylor Morton each recorded goals for Pinecrest in the victory.
“I think we played better tonight than we did against Lumberton,” Howard said. “We will regroup and get ready for Scotland.”
The Raiders and the Fighting Scots will battle at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Raider Stadium. Richmond is currently in fourth place in the SEC with its 1-2-1 league mark, while Scotland is 1-3 in the conference.
Howard knows if his team wants to qualify for the state playoffs, it has to rebound and snap its losing streak.
“We have to win the ones we are suppose to win,” Howard said. “We can get third and maybe slip in the backdoor and get second.”
In the junior varsity contest, Pinecrest downed Richmond 4-2. Bryce Dixon and Rogelio Reyes netted goals in the loss. The Raiders are now 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Hamlet sweeps Rohanen in volleyball
Hamlet swept Rohanen in middle school volleyball Monday afternoon.
Hamlet captured the first match 25-19, 25-22 before winning the final match 25-21, 25-21.
The leading serves for Hamlet (4-0) were Tatyana Gould with 11 points and five aces, while Altman Griffin had 11 points and three aces. Trinity Stanley chipped in with 11 points and two aces. N’dea Patterson finished with nine points and two aces.
Hamlet will face Rockingham in its next contest next week.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org