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Wildcat soccer looking for footing early in season

POSTED: March 7, 2018 8:08 a.m.
Ted O'Neil/

Richmond Hill's Agboade Sobowale (No. 9) prepares to pass the ball while teammates Cristian Marquez (No. 6) and Michael Hoffman (No. 12) look on against Effingham Tuesday night.

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The Richmond Hill boys’ and girls’ soccer teams both fell at home Tuesday night to Effingham on penalty kicks.

That puts the girls at 3-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-AAAAAA, while the boys are 5-2-3 and 1-1.

“We’ve had an uneven start to the season so far,” said Rusty Heintz, who is in his first year coaching the girls. “With seven seniors and 11 returning varsity players, the outlook to the season is positive and optimistic.”

Against the Rebels, Ruthie Riley scored with just seconds left in overtime to tie the game at 1-1, but Effingham prevailed on penalty kicks.

“The expectations for the season are always the same,” Heintz said, “to compete and challenge at the highest level possible including within the region.”

The boys’ game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and overtime, but Effingham won 5-4 in the shootout.

Both teams, which reached the Sweet 16 in the state tournament last year, are at Savannah Country Day Friday beginning at 5 p.m.

For Bryan County, the boys’ team is 1-4 overall and 1-1 in Region 2-AA, while the girls’ team is 0-2 and 0-1. No further information was available.

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