ROCKINGHAM — Although he’s experienced some “lean years” during his time over the program, Richmond Senior girls soccer coach Bennie Howard was able to celebrate a milestone Wednesday evening.
Richmond saw six players find the back of the net at least once, for the second game in a row, and cruised to a 9-0 victory over South View at home — giving Howard his 200th career win.
“As a coach, it makes you feel good. We’ve had a lot of girls that contributed to those 200 wins, not just this group here,” Howard said. “Hopefully, the rest of this season and next year, we’ll reach another milestone. We’ll just have to wait and see if we can get to that one.”
Senior midfielder Cassie McFayden recorded her second consecutive hat trick in the shutout victory, while freshman defender Avy Lucero scored two goals for the second time in as many games. Altman Griffin, Hanna Millen, Valery Standridge and Amia Pemberton each chipped in a score.
The non-conference matchup was called after Pemberton’s score with 3:01 to go, as the nine-goal lead put the mercy rule into effect.
“South View kind of packed it in the box and it was hard for us to score, because we kept putting the ball over the crossbar and couldn’t get shots through,” Howard said. “But once we finally got one in the back of the net, it kind of opened up a little bit.”
Howard says he was constantly stressing the importance of playing the ball wide so that South View’s defenders would pull out. Once the team did that, Wednesday’s game became much easier and the scores began to pour in.
The Lady Raiders led 4-0 at the half.
“The little things I get upset about, touches and harder passes, we’ve got to do better because we’ve got a good team coming in Friday night. We have to have a great practice tomorrow in order to get ready for them.”
Richmond (2-0) hosts Union Pines at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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Richmond Senior’s Amia Pemberton scores the final goal of the Lady Raiders’ 9-0 victory over South View on Wednesday. Pemberton’s score capped off head coach Bennie Howard’s 200th career win.