No luck for Raiders at Lumberton

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. -

LUMBERTON — The Richmond boys soccer team was shutout for the second consecutive game Wednesday evening.

A trip to Lumberton didn’t end well for the Raiders, who gave up a goal in the first three minutes of the match, another one late in the first half and then three more in the final 40 minutes, and eventually fell 5-0 to the Pirates.

“Whenever we give up a goal early, it deflates us a little bit,” head coach Bennie Howard said.

Richmond (8-8-1, 5-6-1 SAC) dropped to fifth place in the conference standings with the loss, which almost the complete opposite of the undefeated run in conference it experienced last season. It hasn’t won a game since the 3-0 victory at Purnell Swett two weeks ago.

“We can’t seem to score…and sometimes we’re tucked in too close and have too many touches,” Howard said. “It’s just a combination of things.”

The Raiders travel to Seventy-First on Monday, Oct. 16, hoping to grab another win over the Falcons and put an end to their two-game losing streak. They will end the regular season versus Scotland next Wednesday, Oct. 18, on Senior Night.

Marco Acosta, Brett Baucom, Jerry Cortes, Erick Figueroa, Patrick Hamilton, Chris Helms, Victor Lucero, Ben Morrison, Yash Patel, Nick Pearson, Zane Ritter, Carter Roberson and Jonthan Tadlock will be the 13 seniors recognized.

NOTE: The junior varsity boys soccer team earned a 1-0 win at Lumberton thanks to Chandler Sinclair’s goal on a second-half penalty kick. That win helped the JV Raiders to their eighth win of the season.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.