ROCKINGHAM — A red card forced Hoke County’s boys soccer team to play with a man down in the second half of Wednesday night’s match.
And the Raiders took advantage.
Richmond trailed 2-1 at the half, but wasted very little time putting points on the board after the break — as senior Carson Leviner knifed through the defense and found the back of the net to tie the game up in the 45th minute.
“Once we tied it up we got a little bit of confidence about ourselves. Then we got the third one and that really lifted us up,” coach Bennie Howard said. “A one-goal lead is good, but a two-goal lead makes me feel a whole lot better as an old man.”
The Raiders would score off of a header with 23:08 to go in the game and then tack on another goal nine minutes later — courtesy of Leviner — to finish the match with a 4-2 victory.
“We’re very fortunate to win tonight,” Howard added. “It’s always a battle with Hoke and Coach (Colin) McDavid. His boys came in and they took it to us in the first half. They won the ball, out-bodied us and beat us to the ball.
“We can’t take a night off and that’s what we tried to do in the first half,” Howard said. “And we had to go into overtime, so to speak, to come out with this W.”
Richmond (7-2, 1-0), who was able to open conference play with a victory, will visit Purnell Swett and Lumberton next Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
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Richmond Senior’s Carson Leviner looks to take a shot during Wednesday night’s match against Hoke County. The senior striker would score two second-half goals to help the Raiders grab a 4-2 win.