ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior girls soccer team advances to the second round of the conference tournament after defeating Scotland 9-1 Tuesday evening.
“It only took 48 hours,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard joked. “I thought we weren’t going to get the game in with the delay, but we got it in and the girls played well.”
The first-round game — which was pushed back a day due to weather — was put on a 30-minute delay, with 23:56 left in the first half, when officials heard thunder.
Destiny Buie and Morgan Hooks were able to score two goals for the Lady Raiders before the delay.
Hooks came up huge for Richmond (11-7-2) in its dominant 8-0 victory over Scotland last Wednesday, recording three goals in the Lady Raiders’ final regular-season game. Buie, Altman Griffin, Zelda McLaughlin and Hailey Bass (two scores) were responsible for the other five goals that found the back of the net in the April 27 match.
After the weather delay, the Lady Raiders’ lead increased when Scotland accidentally kicked the ball into its own goal at the 12:03 mark.
Hailey Bass threatened to add on a score less than a minute later, but Scotland’s Anna Griswold made a big save on what would have been Richmond’s fourth goal.
Griswold laid out to stop another would-be score, before Emma Gray Beacham found Mylasia Pratt in the 32nd minute for the Lady Scots’ only goal of the evening.
Griffin — who scored on a header in the last meeting — recorded back-to-back goals for Richmond right before the prolonged first half ended. Her first score soared over Griswold’s head and right under the cross bar, while the second goal came in a one-on-one situation.
Sophomore Hanna Millen — who moved up from the junior varsity squad — highlighted the Lady Raiders’ four-goal second half outing, finding the back of the net twice in the last 40 minutes.
Scotland ends its season with 5-16 record. The Lady Scots failed to defeat Richmond this season, but did score wins over East Columbus, Red Springs, Purnell Swett and E.E. Smith.
As for Richmond, it will play at Lumberton (13-5) in the second round of the conference tournament at 6 p.m. tonight. Lumberton won both meetings during the regular season.
However, Howard is expecting different results this time around.
“The last two times we played Lumberton…we didn’t play well,” Howard said. “I want to play on Friday. If we’re going to have a tournament, let’s try to do it all.”
Buie and McLaughlin — in the 45th and 75th minute, respectively — scored the other two goals for the Lady Raiders Tuesday evening.
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