PEMBROKE — Cassie McFayden scored two goals to lead Richmond Senior girls soccer team to something it hasn’t accomplished this season.
Winning back to back games.
Richmond improved to 4-9-1 on the season and 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference with its 3-1 victory over Purnell Swett Monday night.
“We didn’t play very well at times,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We were fortunate to get out of Big Mo with a win on Senior Night.”
The Raiders led 2-0 at halftime before the Rams trimmed the deficit to one on a penalty kick in opening minutes of the second half. Richmond iced the contest with a goal with in the final six minutes.
“We had something like 32 shots on goal,” Howard said. “We had great opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net, but we didn’t capitalize. A ‘W’ is a ‘W.’”
Richmond will return to action 7 p.m. Wednesday when it travels to Lumberton. Earlier this season, the Pirates defeated the Raiders 9-0 in a contest stopped early because of the mercy rule.
Howard hopes his team makes a better showing this time around.
“We want to play better than what we showed at home,” he said. “That is what we are going to focus on tomorrow in practice and take that into the game.”
Raiders return to action against Rams
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior softball team has an opportunity to “clinch” a playoff berth with a victory over Purnell Swett tonight.
The Raiders are off to their best start in school history in the fast-pitch era, reeling off 15 straight victories, including six in conference play. The Rams, which lost the teams’ first meeting 9-1, had been keeping pace and sitting alone in second place until dropping two of their last three SEC contests.
Pinecrest, Purnell Swett and Scotland are all 4-3 in league play and tied for second.
On the baseball side, Richmond can take a one-game lead over both Lumberton and Pinecrest with a win over Purnell Swett.
The Raiders head into tonight’s contest is a 9-5-1 overall record and 5-1 in the SEC. The Pirates and Patriots are both 5-2 in the conference.
A Richmond loss to Purnell Swett would force a three-team tie atop the league and have Scotland one game behind the lead pack.
Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.