After their season opener against Statesboro was cancelled due to lighting issues, the RHHS girls’ soccer team is off to a strong start.
The girls shut out Brunswick 4-0 with two goals by Laura Nunnery, one by Lauren Hall and a final goal by freshman Lori Banes.
Katie Berry, Lauren Regan and Allison Snider all had assists while Sarah Parker had five saves.
The team also prevailed against Effingham County with a 5-0 win. Laura Nunnery led the team with three goals with Allison Snider and Mackenzie Qua scoring one each.
"Our girls had to grind out two wins by being patient and controlling the pace of play," said head coach Steve Kollman. "Defensively, we are playing the best soccer I have seen since I started here in 2001. With four seniors and two juniors on that side, we have run three defenses wonderfully so far with two shutouts to show for it."
In the second round of the Wildcat Shootout, the RHHS girls played Calvary Day School. The final was 3-0 and was the third game in a row where they had to grind out a win against an athletic, defensive-minded.
Laura Nunnery scored two goals and Allison Snider scored one.
Sarah Parker had five saves.
In the finals of the Wildcat shootout, the girls again faced a team that packed the defensive zone with eight-11 players at times. The RHHS girls had to shoot from the top of the box most of the night.
RHHS controlled the pace of play, time of possession and overall game.
RHHS out-shot South Effingham 38 – 5.
They also had a direct kick goal called back in regulation that would have given them the win without overtime.
The 1-0 win gave RHHS girls their first tournament crown in the history of the program and a 4-0 record in which they have yet to give up a goal.
The RHHS girls’ soccer team begins region play Tuesday, March 6 at home against South Effingham starting at 5 p.m.