MARSHVILLE — The Richmond girls soccer team hit the road Thursday for its last non-conference game of the regular season and came away victorious, as four players netted a goal in a 4-1 win over Forest Hills.
It was the third straight win for the Lady Raiders (13-4), who got scores from junior Jayana Nicholson, sophomores Carley Lambeth and Valery Standridge, and freshman Caroline Whitley — the first of her varsity career.
“We ended up winning three games this week, which is great,” head coach Bennie Howard said.
Forest Hills (5-8-1) took advantage of a not-so-focused Richmond team in the game’s early going, as freshman striker Dalia Hernadez — who had 17 goals heading into the matchup — scored in the first five minutes to give her team a 1-0 lead.
About nine minutes later, however, Whitley received a cross from junior midfielder Chloe Wiggins and poked one into the back of the net to tie the game. Standridge would give the Lady Raiders a 2-1 lead before the half.
Richmond came out with more energy in the second half and began putting pressure on the home team’s defensive unit. After a few missed shots, sophomore midfielder Emily Buie crossed the ball over to Nicholson who would score on a header in the 60th minute. Lambeth also scored on a header not too long after she entered the game.
Howard would clear the bench with 15 minutes left on the game clock in order to give everyone a chance to play.
The Lady Raiders will “limp into Fayetteville” on Monday for a match against conference opponent Seventy-First. They recently returned a few players to the lineup, but will now monitor the recent injuries to Standridge, senior Kathleen Pittman and junior Jessi Graham.
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