ROCKINGHAM — Sixteen seconds into Wednesday night’s soccer match, Richmond Senior’s Victor Lucrio blasted the ball past Jack Britt’s goalkeeper to take an early 1-0 lead.
“That first goal from Victor, as they say in England, was a cracker of a shot,” coach Bennie Howard said. “He ripped it.”
Three minutes later, Carlos Alcacor capitalized on a Buccaneer mistake to give the Raiders a two-point lead.
A header from senior Carson Leviner in the 14th minute and a well-placed shot from Alcacor in the 37th minute rounded out the scores for Richmond in its 4-2 victory over Jack Britt (0-2).
“We knew coming in that they were going to be a good team — and they are a good team,” Howard added. “I’m proud of the boys.”
The visiting Buccaneers had a chance to get on the board in the 29th minute when Richmond goalkeeper Corey Smith slipped as a shot was being taken, but Smith was able to recover in time and record one of his many saves on the night.
After being held scoreless in the first 40 minutes, Jack Britt got its first score from junior Ty Belletete with 19:07 left in the game. Teammate Derrick Koenig was responsible for the team’s second score, as Richmond’s Smith mistimed his jump and watched the ball sail over his head as time expired.
Wednesday’s victory gives Richmond its second win in two games.
And the Raiders hope to make it three in a row when they host Marlboro Academy Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on their home field.
“To be 2-0, I’m a little bit surprised, but not that much,” Howard added. “We’ve got some talent.”
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