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Six Lady Raiders named to All-Region 4 team

Six Richmond soccer players were named to the All-Region 4 team this week.
Deon Cranford — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — Six Richmond Senior High School Lady Raider soccer players saw their names added to another postseason accolade this week.

The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association released its All-Region teams, and the same six Richmond players to be named to the All-Sandhills Athletic Conference last week, earned a spot on the All-Region 4 roster.

A total of 29 players from eight different schools were selected, as Richmond saw a a Region 4 best six roster spots. They were seniors Morgan Hooks, Jayana Nicholson and Chloe Wiggins, juniors Avy Lucero and Valery Standridge, and sophomore Kelly Hoffman.

Other SAC schools represented on the Region 4 team were Hoke County, Jack Britt, Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett and Scotland high schools. The Lady Patriots and Lady Rams each had five players selected.

“This group of girls was selected based on their performance over the whole season and the versatility that they showed,” first-year head coach Chris Larsen shared earlier this month on their All-SAC bids. “Even though they don’t make up the whole team, and may not be the leaders on the stat sheet, they are a big part of those stats and the reason for our successful season.”


As a team, the Lady Raiders continued their strong stretch of seasons, as 11 seniors capped their careers with another 14-plus win season. The six All-Region players were big pieces to a 15-5 overall record and an 11-3 mark against SAC opponents, which was good enough for a second-place finish behind Pinecrest.

Hoffman was also named the SAC’s Co-Goalkeeper of the year following her first season in net, while Hooks and Wiggins each scored seven goals, tied for third on the team. Nicholson, Lucero and Standridge used their speed and versatility to run the mid- and backfields and keep opposing offenses at bay.

Other familiar names from around the SAC to make the All-Region 4 team were Pinecrest’s Keeley Copper (led the conference with 47 goals) and Purnell Swett’s Maddison Oxendine, whose 27 goals were and SAC second-best.

No Lady Raiders were named to the NCSCA’s All-State team. Copper and teammate Madi Pry were selected from Pinecrest.

Find the complete list of the All-Region 4 team here. Read the All-SAC selection article, along with quotes from all six players, here.

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Kyle Pillar is a 22-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on X @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.