ROCKINGHAM — So far this season it has been perfect.
So it was only fitting for Richmond Senior to get a shutout in its home opener.
Goalkeepers Joseph Griffith and Cory Smith combined to blank South View as Richmond posted a 5-0 victory Monday night at Raider Stadium.
“Both keepers played well,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “It was our first shutout this year. It’s always great when your goalies have a clean sheet.”
The Raiders (3-0) seized control of the match with two goals in a five-minute span in the first half.
Sergio Chaparro got Richmond on the board first with a tally seven minutes into the contest. Andrew Balzer followed with a goal from a feed by Armando Garcia, nearly 4 and a half minutes later.
Garcia had an opportunity in the opening moments of the half to put the Raiders on the board after breaking in on South View goalkeeper Caleb Edkins, but his shot sailed over the cross bar.
Richmond added to its lead 15 minutes into the second half as Jalen Almond scored from a pass from Alex Alvarado. Almond added another goal with just over 14 minutes remaining in the contest. Garcia netted a goal of his own off a corner kick when Johnny Juarez served the ball into the box.
“We scored two in the first half and three in the second,” Howard said. “Not to be mean but we have to learn how to put opponents away. It was good tonight because we got some guys in the game for some PT (playing time).”
The five goals against South View matches the most Richmond has scored against an opponent this season. Richmond netted five in its last game, a win over Pine Forest. In three matches, the Raiders are averaging 4.7 goals a game and surrendering 1.
Richmond had an opportunity to net a sixth goal when South View’s Luke McDonald was whistled for a foul in the box giving the home team a penalty kick with just under six minutes left in the game. A.J. Massagee’s shot bounced off the cross bar.
“I’m proud of the guys and the way they played tonight,” Howard said.
Richmond will return to action 6 p.m. Wednesday in a varsity-only game with Forest Hills.
In the junior varsity contest, Richmond stopped South View 8-1.
Victor Roman and Jonathan Tadlock each scored two goals to lead the way for the Raiders (3-0). Brett Baucom, Carson Leviner and Sean Washington all had a tally in the victory. Max Diaz added an assist.
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