ROCKINGHAM —Before the game, Jack Britt coach Natthaphon Bunphithak and Richmond Senior coach Bennie Howard were discussing each other’s teams.
Bunphithak told Howard he had some quick forwards, but their success depended on their first touch with the ball.
Against the Raiders, they were nearly picture perfect as the Buccaneers rolled to a 7-0 victory in a nonconference contest Friday night at Raider Stadium.
Richmond (7-10-1) were able to contain Jack Britt’s offensive attack until midway through the first half, when it struck for two goals in a two-minute span. Nancy Kirk scored the first of her two goals at the 23-minute mark. Macy Creech followed with the first of her two tallies off an assist by Ali Heath.
The Buccaneers took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
“I thought we played a great first 20 minutes,” Howard said. “Unfortunately, you have to play 80 minutes.”
The Raiders best scoring chance came in the opening minutes of the second half. Brittany Hudson had a free-kick from just outside the penalty box, but her shot sailed high of the crossbar.
Jack Britt (15-4-1) tacked on five more goals in the final 40 minutes. Heath scored twice, Rayleen Orello netted a goal, while Creech and Kirk added their second tallies of the night.
“They are a very fast team and very aggressive,” Howard said. “You can’t really matchup with them if you don’t have the speed to match them.”
Richmond will return to action at 7 p.m. Monday against the Southeastern Conference’s regular season champion, Pinecrest. The Raiders appear to have clinched the No. 4 spot in the league.
“No matter what happens Monday or Wednesday we will be fourth,” Howard said. “We want to come out and perform well, especially Wednesday because it is Senior Night and we will be playing Scotland, our big rival.”
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