ROCKINGHAM — It didn’t take long for the Richmond Senior girls soccer team to put away Scotland in its last regular-season match, as the Lady Raiders scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of their 8-0 victory on Senior Night.
“Our two seniors and our two foreign exchange students meant a lot to the program. I’m very proud of them,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “This is the first time in 10 years that we’ve had a winning season in girls soccer.”
Sophomore Morgan Hooks found the back of the net twice on the night, once with 37:55 left in the half and then again at the 35-minute mark off a Cameron Hudson assist.
Destiny Buie’s clean goal after a missed shot — in the seventh minute — would cap off Richmond’s early spurt.
After the Lady Raiders committed a back-pass, Scotland had a chance at its first goal of the game.
Kaitlin Lewis lined up for an indirect kick and placed the ball in the back of the net. However, because the ball failed to touch at least two Richmond players, the goal did not count.
Altman Griffin’s header with 26 seconds left in the opening half, assisted by Hudson, would give Richmond a 4-0 lead going into halftime.
Five minutes into the second half, Buie recorded an assist — to go along with her first-half goal — finding Hailey Bass for her first score. Bass would find the goal again less than three minutes later and then Hooks would score her third goal of the night — giving her a hat trick.
The Lady Scots almost got on the board in the 54th minute, but Richmond’s Tatyana Gould raced back to the goal, as the ball sailed over her head, to record her best save of the night.
Junior Zelda McLaughlin put the finishing touches on the Lady Raiders’ shutout victory in the 57th minute off of a rebound.
“There were a multitude of people scoring and a lot of people got to play that don’t get to play a lot, which is a plus,” Howard said.
Coming off of a 9-0 loss at Pinecrest Monday evening, Howard believes that his team’s play was as good as it could be on a night where it honored its seniors — Breanna Daley, Kalaysia Fisher, Kira Lukes and Kathrin Reister.
The Lady Raiders sported pink T-shirts that read “Kicking It for Amy” in support of freshman goalkeeper Emily Faw’s mother, who is battling cancer.
“We came up with the idea about a month ago to get T-shirts and wear them on Senior Night and it worked out,” Howard said. “It’s all for a good cause. We need to support her and everybody that needs the support.”
Richmond (10-7-2, 5-4-1) finishes the season as the No. 3 team in the conference — behind Pinecrest and Lumberton — and secures a spot in the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.
Scotland (5-15, 1-9) ends the season as the sixth-seeded team heading into next week.
These two teams will go head-to-head once again Monday at Richmond Senior in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Scots softball falls at Hoke
RAEFORD — The Scotland softball team dropped its second Southeastern Conference game in a row Wednesday night at Hoke.
The Bucks beat the Scots 13-1, scoring six runs in the third and fourth innings en route to the victory.
Hoke (15-5, 6-3) completed the season sweep of Scotland (8-9, 2-7) with the win — they also bested the Scots 5-1 earlier in the season.
The Scots will travel to Rockingham to play Richmond Senior today for their third game in as many days.
Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. at 910-817-2673 and follow him on Twitter @_UncleLeon. Laurinburg Exchange sports editor Logan Martinez contributed to this report.