RAEFORD — Over the weekend, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state soccer playoffs concluded with Wake Forest High School winning the 4A state title over R.J. Reynolds High School.
Although they didn’t get a chance at making a championship run, three Richmond Senior High School soccer players came away winners and were selected to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Region 4 team.
Seniors Drew Davis, Lee Hayden and Noah Jordan added the accolade to their already impressive final season. The trio were the only Raiders to be named to the All-Sandhills Athletic Conference team following a 10-10-2 campaign.
It’s the first All-Region 4 selection for each of the three seniors. The list was released Sunday following the completion of the 4A playoffs.
The All-Region 4 team saw 20 players named, and pulled players from teams in the SAC and Patriot Athletic Conference. Joining the Raiders were 14 other SAC players, including Purnell Swett High School’s Nick Ramirez (goalkeeper) and Hoke County High School’s Xavier Hernandez (defender).
Both Ramirez and Hernandez earned individual All-SAC honors as goalkeeper and player of the year, respectively. The pair, along with Pinecrest High School’s Jair Ballesteros, was selected to the NCSCA Boys’ 4A All-State team, the only SAC players named.
Davis, Hayden and Jordan were key players who helped Richmond turn around a slow start to its 2019 season and finish in third place in the conference standings. Hayden was the team’s leading scorer with nine goals, and Jordan was right behind him with eight. Davis, a center back who played forward a handful of games, notched four goals.
The three Raiders have spent the last two seasons playing for head coach Chris Larsen, and Hayden and Jordan both played varsity soccer as sophomores under former head coach Bennie Howard. Jordan ended his career with 17 goals in three seasons, while Hayden netted 13 scores. Davis’ four goals in 2019 served as his career total.
For a full list of the NCSCA All-Region 4 team, click here.