ROCKINGHAM — Needing a victory to ensure its spot in the 4A state playoffs, the Richmond Senior girls soccer team can now stamp that ticket.
The Raiders turned back Hoke County 3-2 Monday night at Raider Stadium in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
“We are in, there’s no way we can lose it now,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We didn’t play well, we were flat. I think it may have been because we were out of school today. Even after we scored, we were still flat.”
Cherie Ellerbe scored the initial goal of the contest for Richmond (8-11-2). Brittany Hudson and Kylie King recorded the other tallies for the Raiders. Trailing 3-1, the Bucks trimmed the deficit to one with 21 seconds, but were unable to score the tying goal.
Richmond advances to the semifinals against Pinecrest. The game will be played Wednesday evening instead of tonight because of scheduling conflicts.
Richmond ties for third in final match
PINEHURST — The Richmond Senior boys golf team fired a 334 to tie for third with Purnell Swett at Pinehurst No. 5 in the final Southeastern Conference match of the season Monday afternoon.
Pinecrest captured the match with a score of 270, while Lumberton took second at 331. Scotland came in fifth at 345, while Hoke County carded a 359.
Individually for Richmond, John Dunlap shot a 79, while Tyler Kirk had an 83. Dunlap earned all-conference honors and he and Kirk will advance to next week’s 4A East Regional contest at River Ridge Golf Course in Clayton.
Curt Kindley and Jordan Buie each carded an 86. Chris McDonald notched an 88, while Caleb Neeley had a 98.
“It’s been a really good season,” Richmond coach Ray Entwistle said. “It was good to see the ninth-graders come out because the future looks bright for us.”
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