ROCKINGHAM — After Wednesday’s loss to Southeastern Conference rival Lumberton, Richmond coach Bennie Howard was hoping a nonconference contest would get his team back on the winning track.
The problem was that Overhills had other ideas.
The Jaguars limited the Raiders to three shots on goal to post a 2-0 victory Friday night at Raider Stadium.
“We have to get the last two games out of our heads,” Howard said after his team has been outscored 10-0 in losses to Lumberton and Overhills. “We didn’t play bad in the second half. We had some opportunities but we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
Richmond’s Alexie Coble controlled a ricocheting ball inside the penalty box, but pushed a shot just wide late in the first half. Cherie Ellerbe split two Overhills defenders midway through the second half and sent a shot just over the crossbar.
“We always want to play the ball to the tight side of the field,” Howard said. “We didn’t want to play to the other side where there is plenty of space.”
Overhills got on the scoreboard at the 33:18 mark of the first half after a Jordan Forbess goal. Forbess knocked down a short goal kick and dribbled through the Richmond defense before launching a shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Brittni Faurot.
Forbess appeared to added her goal of the night in the waning seconds before halftime, but it was waved off because of a foul. Alisha McGriff scored an insurance goal at the 26:17 mark of the second half for the Jaguars (2-3-1).
Richmond (4-4-1) will try to snap its two-game losing streak when it plays host to SEC foe Scotland 7 p.m. Wednesday.
In the junior varsity contest, Majesty Robinson and Bri Daley each recorded a goal as Richmond blanked Overhills 2-0. Meredith McLean notched her two consecutive shutout as the Raiders improve to 3-2 on the season.
Raiders rout Pirates
LUMBERTON — Ashton Davenport had three hits and drove in four and Hunter Parks added a two-run home run as Richmond Senior cruised to a 12-1 victory over Southeastern Conference foe Lumberton Friday night.
Elizabeth Pittman and Doodle Jacobs each recorded two hits for the Raiders (7-2, 3-0). Pittman added two runs batted in.
Summer Jacobs struck out six and allowed four hits in the complete game victory. She also notched three RBIs for the Raiders.
“The girls are really swinging the bats well and with a lot of confidence,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “We are doing a good job of producing hits with runners in scoring position.
“It’s great to be 3-0 in conference play. We will have to work hard this week to prepare for Scotland.”
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to SEC rival Scotland.
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