The Richmond Hill boys’ soccer team opened the 2016 season strong with a 4-0 win over Glynn Academy on Feb. 16 at RHHS.
Nathan Skaggs shined for the Wildcats by notching three goals. Agboade Sobowale had a goal and an assist, while Cesar Lopez and Levi Cole each had an assist.
Brandon Olsen had 12 saves in the net for the Wildcats.
“It was a great team win. Lots of unselfish play,” Richmond Hill coach Robert Flanders said. “It was a big win for us because Glynn is a rival and a very talented team. We controlled the pace of the game and gave ourselves some excellent scoring opportunities, and most importantly we capitalized on those opportunities.”
Flanders added that his hope and goal is to use the big win as inspiration to improving throughout the season.
“If we continue to get better, by the end of the season we will be a very dangerous team and a very hard team to beat going into the region and state playoffs,” he said.
The Lady Wildcats, meanwhile, fell 3-2 to Savannah Arts Academy Friday at RHHS.
SAA scored off a corner kick with 1:52 left to play for the game-winner. RHHS head coach Steve Kollman said the Lady Wildcats missed on three scoring opportunities in the second half.
Kollman added that Friday’s game was the third straight game that was physical and against a perennial top-15 program. Because of injuries, RHHS was down three starters, including its top-two strikers, on Friday.
“This limited our attack, and they were able to keep pressuring our back line because we couldn’t sustain counterattacks,” he said.
Ruthie Riley and Jada Carnine each had a goal for Richmond Hill. Bailey King made four saves.
The BCHS boys’ and girls’ teams each lost their two most-recent games.
The Redskins lost 8-0 Feb. 9 to Long County at home and 10-0 Feb. 16 at Benedictine. The Lady Redskins fell 9-1 at home to Long County and 10-0 at St. Vincent’s on the same dates. The BCHS teams were scheduled to host Vidalia Tuesday.
Results were unavailable because of early press deadlines.