LAURINBURG — Their organization and effort finally came together on Wednesday, but the Scots were unable to find a second goal in the final frantic minutes as they fell 2-1 to Richmond at home.
Sergio Charparo notched both goals for the Raiders, the first with just under eight minutes to go before the half and the second to break a deadlock with eight minutes left in the game.
The game was back-and-forth all night, but once Richmond took the lead Scotland poured players forward looking for the goal that would tie the game again. In the final few minutes Scotland played the ball into the box over-and-over again but were unable to tap it in the goal. Their final chance came on a free kick with 15 seconds remaining, but Richmond’s defense was able to keep the Scotland attackers from getting a head on the ball.
Scotland coach Danny Gallagher said he was proud of his team’s effort.
“They not only improved with what they’re doing on the ball, but their energy level has lifted,” Gallagher said. “It would be great if we could get that energy when we play other teams besides Richmond. We all know that’s the big one, the one we hate to lose and love to win.”
The Scots followed up on the majority of their shots against Richmond, something that Gallagher said he has been trying to teach this season, and something that made the difference Wednesday.
Scotland’s goal was scored by Blake Bathie in the opening minutes of the second half, on a rebound.
“That was a perfect example of our effort and sticking with it, because I feel that before we would shoot and the goalie would save it but let the ball bounce out four yards and we would’ve stopped at the first shot,” Gallagher said. “Following up made the difference.”
It was as even of a game as Scotland has played in all season, as both sides had several chances to score in the end-to-end action.
Scotland falls to 1-10 and 1-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Richmond improves to 2-5-1, 2-3.