SANFORD — Turning up the intensity in Tuesday’s match just a little bit too late, according to head coach Chris Larsen, the Lady Raider soccer team dropped its second straight conference game.
Richmond made the trip to Sandhills Athletic Conference opponent Lee County High School and came up short 3-1.
The Lady Raiders trailed 1-0 at halftime and saw their deficit grow to 3-0 before finding the back of the net in the final 40 minutes of play.
Lee County (5-5-1, 2-2 SAC) scored its first goal in the opening 15 minutes on a chip shot to make it 1-0.
Following that miscue, Larsen said the team rallied and played a “much better” remainder of the first half.
“We played pretty good in the first half,” Larsen said. “The girls knocked the ball around pretty well and it was a pretty even match except for the first goal.
“We had a few opportunities to score with one or two shots on frame, and going into the half the girls were confident because we were still in the ball game.”
Larsen noted that Richmond started the second half the same way it ended the first, but the Lady Yellow Jackets scored following a pair of corner kicks in the first 20 minutes to make it 3-0.
Richmond’s goal came off a set piece in the final 10 minutes, thanks to a corner kick that wasn’t completely cleared by Lee County.
“We made things interesting in the last 10 minutes to go.” Larsen explained. “After our corner, we had the ball come across to the left side of the box that wasn’t cleared.
“Sheccid (Heaton) was there to get in the net to give us a little spark. We had several opportunities to score in the second half, but couldn’t find enough quality chances to find the back of the net.”
With her goal, Heaton, a senior midfielder, brought her season total to two goals.
Richmond (8-3-1, 2-3 SAC) will travel to non-conference Sun Valley High School (7-1) on Friday. Varsity will begin at 6 p.m.
Note: The Richmond junior varsity girls’ soccer team didn’t play on Tuesday.