LAURINBURG — Richmond’s girls soccer team entered Monday night’s matchup with Scotland on an extended goal-scoring drought.
The Raiders, who desperately needed a win to keep pace with Hoke and Lumberton and in the Southeastern Conference race, were shut out in their past three contests, but they encountered a remedy for their offensive woes when they took the field against their rivals to the east.
Richmond scored a goal in the first seven minutes of action, and Bennie Howard’s squad added two more to help lift the visitors from Rockingham to a 3-0 victory over Scotland.
“It was nice to be able to put a few balls in the back of the net,” Howard said. “I was pleased with our effort.”
Jenna Carraway opened the scoring with 33:54 left in the first half — the Raiders got the ball into the box with a corner kick, then after the initial shot on goal was deflected, Carraway kicked in the rebound.
Then, at the 15:52-mark, Hailey Bass added the Raiders’ second goal when she got behind the defense and cruised into the box before swiftly booting the ball past goalkeeper Anna Griswold.
Richmond (6-4-2, 2-2-1) controlled possession for much of the contest and had several opportunities to further increase its lead, but Griswold made several key blocks when the Raiders beat the initial line of defense.
“I think this was one of Anna’s best games, her most vocal and definitely was where she needed to be in the goal,” said Scotland head coach Abbi Giaier after the defeat.
Scotland (3-10, 1-4), which allowed 10 goals in its last game to Lumberton, put forth a far better effort on the defensive side of the field against Richmond, but Giaier mentioned her team needs to continue to improve on offense if the Scots hope to hang with the top teams in the conference.
“As far as getting the ball up to our forwards, we just have to figure out how to connect the ball and how to outrun them with the ball,” Giaier said. “We’re kind of having a little bit of difficulty as far as aggression goes and the first touch, and that’s going to take a little while to figure out how to do that because that’s where it all begins.”
Cassie McFayden punctuated Richmond’s scoring with a goal early in the second half, drilling a ball between Griswold’s outstretched hands for the definitive score.
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