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Hinson scores first goal in loss to Sun Valley

ROSports File Photo: C'Nedra Hinson scored Richmond's lone goal in Friday's loss at Sun Valley. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

MONROE — Facing a tough non-conference opponent on Friday, the Lady Raider soccer team lost to Sun Valley High School.

Going into the match, head coach Chris Larsen said he knew “it would be a tough task,” but considered the loss a learning experience for the team.

The Lady Raiders fell 7-1 to the Lady Spartans, trailing by five goals at halftime.

“We did not have the best defensive performance tonight,” Larsen said. “We let a couple of their girls get open in space and that cost us.

“Being down 5-0 at halftime, you realize it’s a wash and try to restart things,” he continued. “The girls played a much better second half in terms of closing that space down.”

Responsible for Richmond’s goal in the second half was senior C’Nedra Hinson, who scored her first goal of the spring.

Corralling a ball along the right side, Hinson ripped a shot from 10 yards and beat the keeper to her right with about 15 minutes left in regulation.

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“Despite the loss tonight, we are making improvements each game,” Larsen explained. “It’s good to see the girls making adjustments against quality teams. 

“We’ve been through the gauntlet and hopefully games like this will better prepare us for the next round of conference play.”

Adding that every player saw minutes on Friday, Larsen tipped his cap to goalkeepers Quanna Bostic and Tatum Rhyne.

“Quanna stopped two 1v1s tonight and also had three or four saves on shots that had some zip on them,” he said. “And Tatum did well, also, playing the last 12 minutes in the game.”

Richmond (8-4-1, 2-3 Sandhills Athletic Conference) will host conference foe Scotland High School (3-4-1, 2-3 SAC) on Tuesday for one more match before spring break. Varsity will start at 7 p.m.