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RHHS soccer sweeps LCHS, South Effingham
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In recent soccer action, the Richmond Hill High School soccer teams had sweeping victories over Liberty County and South Effingham while the Lady Wildcats lost to St. Vincent’s. Prior to this, the teams had not played in two weeks due to weather.
The RHHS-St. Vincent’s rivalry has been a heated one for several years, even though the teams are no longer in the same region. St. Vincent’s proved to be the dominant force this time around as they beat the Lady ‘Cats 6-0 on Friday.
Going into the game, the RHHS girls were plagued by absences due to illness. To make things worse, starter Elizabeth Campbell went down with a rolled ankle six minutes into the game.
“I was very proud of the girls today against St. Vincent’s,” Coach Steve Kollman said. “With all we had against us, our young team could have rolled over and given up, but we moved players to positions they had not played before and coached them up at halftime, and they responded with a very competitive second half.”
The Lady ‘Cats put up a strong fight in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the top state playoff St. Vincent’s team. RHHS finished the game with six freshmen, two juniors and only two seniors on the field.
“It was trial by fire for our young players, but now they know what level we have to play at to get back to the quarter and semi rounds of state,” Kollman said.
The Lady Wildcats fared much better versus Liberty County, with a 9-0 victory over region foe Liberty County. Sarah Goolsby led the offense with four goals. Lindsey Vasher had two while Caitlyn Uhlig, Julia Marcotte and Whitney Regan each scored one goal.
The RHHS girls beat South Effingham 8-0 on Tuesday. Goolsby and Vasher led with two goals apiece. They also led in assists – Goolsby had 3 and Vasher had 2.
The RHHS boys continued their winning ways with a 10-0 victory over Liberty. Sam Vernon led the offense with three goals. Drew Gregerson led in assists.
Starting center midfielder Justin Carillo was out with an injury. RHHS Coach Robbie Flanders replaced him with freshman Canon Rooker, which worked out well.
I had to start a freshman in place of Carrillo. Canon Rooker played an excellent game to replace Justin.
“We played the best game we played all year,” RHHS boys Coach Robbie Flanders said. “Hopefully we can continue to play as well as we did on Saturday for the rest of the season.”
The Wildcats beat South Effingham 6-1 on Tuesday. Jay Sipe led with two points while Vernon scored one and made three assists.
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