RAEFORD — Wednesday’s cold weather had the Richmond girls soccer team playing “a little stiff” early, but the Lady Riaders eventually woke up in the second half and cruised to a 6-1 win at Hoke County.
Senior Hanna Millen recorded the team’s first hat trick of the season, sophomore Avy Lucero netted two goals and sophomore Emily Buie scored on a shot from the left side of the field to take care of Richmond’s scoring.
“Even though we were leading 2-0 at half, I feel like Hoke outplayed us a little bit (in the first half). They were a little bit tougher than we were,” head coach Bennie Howard said. “I kind of told them we need to send a message and play to our abilities. I know it’s cold…but you’ve got to block that out and just play.
“We did a much better job in the second half of knocking the ball around and getting touches.”
Millen had only scored once in the previous five games, but now leads the team in goals scored (4) following her three-score performance on Wednesday. Lucero got her first goal on a penalty kick and then sent a second one into the back of the net on a free kick from about 40 yards out.
Richmond (5-1, 2-1 SAC) has a “big game” at Jack Britt on Friday — a match that was originally set for this past Monday but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The last time these two teams met, in 2016, the Lady Raiders fell 3-0.
NOTE: The junior varsity girls soccer team (5-1, 2-1 SAC) also won its game at Hoke County, as freshman Jayla McDougald netted a hat trick of her own in a 5-1 victory. Freshman Jakerra Covington and sophmore Kelsey Sheffield were responsible for the other two goals.
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