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Lady Raiders to learn from Monday's loss, prepare for final stretch

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ROSports File Photo: Shelly Hoffman (right) works for possession against Keaton Clark (left) during the teams' first meeting on March 17. ROSports File Photo: Shelly Hoffman (right) works for possession against Keaton Clark (left) during the teams' first meeting on March 17. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — The Lady Raider soccer team’s five-match winning streak came to an end Monday against Pinecrest High School.

Hosting the Sandhills Athletic Conference leading Lady Patriots, Richmond suffered just its second loss of the season in a 9-0 decision.

“We switched things up and threw an extra defender in the back to slow things down a little bit,” head coach Chris Larsen said. “I told the girls I thought we played a quality 30 minutes of soccer and they did what I asked them to do.

“Our girls played a lot better to start the game tonight,” he added. “We won’t see a team like Pinecrest until the playoffs, and the rest of the conference is more evenly matched. Even though we lost, it was a good turn for us and hopefully we take what we learned tonight and get back on another winning streak.”

He noted that the Lady Raiders did a good job working against Pinecrest’s defensive setup and were able to slow the counterattack more effectively.

Pinecrest scored eight goals in the first half, with five coming in the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza. Lauren Landry led the way with four goals in the game, including the final goal in the 47th minute.

Savannah Dunahay added three goals, while Keaton Clark and Sami O’Reilly added solo tallies for Pinecrest (9-0).

Despite the loss, Richmond still has a cushion in the second place spot in the SAC standings. Larsen said the team will learn from Monday’s loss and shift its focus on making another tear through the conference slate to close out the regular season.

“We’re going to focus on our next game, which is another big one against Jack Britt,” Larsen closed. “This time, we’ve had several weeks to practice and we’ve got our touch back. The girls have a lot more game minutes under their belts, which should help.

“It’s going to be a battle even though we’ve gotten better, I’m sure Jack Britt has, too. We need to come focused ready to play, and if we get back to knocking the ball around with a little more possession, we can give Jack Britt a run for their money.”

On March 22, the Lady Raiders earned a pivotal 2-1 win over the Lady Buccaneers.

Richmond (6-2 SAC) will look to return to the win column and maintain their second-place standing in a road match at third-place Jack Britt (4-3-2) on Wednesday. The varsity game will begin at 6 p.m.

JV Lady Raiders lose a close game to Pinecrest

Prior to the varsity match, the Richmond junior varsity girls’ soccer team played host to Pinecrest, falling by a final score of 2-0.

Both of Pinecrest’s goals came in the first half in what head coach Tad Hamilton called a “hard fought match.” The JV Lady Raiders are now 3-2 on the season.

Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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