CAMERON — Remaining competitive but unable to find an offensive rhythm, the Richmond Senior High School soccer team suffered its fourth straight loss on Monday.
Playing at Union Pines, the Raiders fell 3-1 in the Sandhills Athletic Conference match.
Richmond trailed 2-1 at the half before allowing one more goal late in the game.
Finding the net for the Raiders was sophomore midfielder Landon Summerlin, who scored his second goal of the season.
“Overall, we came out a little flat and gave up two goals in the first eight minutes,” head coach Chris Larsen said. “We put ourselves deep in a hole, but after that we settled in and were able to pick it back up with a goal.”
Halfway through the opening 40 minutes, the Raiders made a rush down the right side of the field. A cross to the left side of the box saw Summerlin one-time his shot back across the frame and into the net.
In the closing 10 minutes, the Vikings (9-7-1, 5-3 SAC) added an insurance goal.
“We had lots of chances in the second half,” Larsen explained. “There were opportunities on headers, corners and shots just wide of the net. We just couldn’t get that final touch.
“Like I’ve told the guys all season, we’ve been competitive and so close to flipping our record,” he closed. “If we get a bounce here or a shot there, we could be looking at having more wins. The guys played hard and now it’s onto the next game.”
The Raiders (4-12-1, 3-7 SAC) will play their final home game on Wednesday against conference leader Lee County High School (12-4-3, 8-0-1 SAC). Play is set for 7 p.m.
JV Raiders also fall to Vikings
The Richmond junior varsity boys’ soccer team was shut out 2-0 on the road at Union Pines on Monday.
The JV Vikings scored one goal in each half. Head coach Bennie Howard said Richmond outshot Union Pines 16-4 and hit the post several times.
The JV Raiders (3-7-4) will also host Lee County on Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m.