On Friday, April 4, the Richmond Hill boys and girls soccer teams played Toombs County in their last regular season game before the regional tournament. The game was a make-up contest from a rained out day in February. The girls won with an overwhelming score of 11-0 while the boys tied it up 1-1.
Wildcat Sam Vernon scored the lone point for the boys, assisted by Ben Botehlo. Keeper Zach Alltop garnered 15 saves versus 12 by Toombs.
"This was a great game to prepare for the region championship and state playoffs," Coach Wade Wright said. "We had a long lay off that created some rust issues early. As the game went on, we began to get our touch and confidence back. Toombs is a fast and skilled team that used their strengths well. I was real proud of my team’s composure and focus on playing through the rough spots. I hope the frustration and low spots in this game will refocus our guys, and knowing them, it will. This is a good group that hates to be out worked. We will be ready for all that comes at us."
For the girls, senior Lauren Hall (3 goals, 2 assists) and freshman Lindsey Vasher (3 goals, 1 assist) led the offensive assault for the blowout victory. Eighteen overall shots were made by the Lady Cats with 11 of those becoming goals.
"We hadn’t played in about 10 days, so it took us a while to get rolling," Coach Steve Kollman said. "Toombs’ game plan seemed to be physical intimidation, but we out-skilled them. This game certainly served its purpose of getting prepped for the region tournament. We needed a tune up to get back in the groove."
Kollman said this game also gave him the opportunity to give play time to five of his better junior varsity players "which will help in the long run."
Both the boys and girls teams played Harlem last night in the first round of the region tournament. The boys played for the region championship, and the girls played in the "play in" round. If the girls are the winners, they will play tomorrow against one of three teams (Liberty, South Effingham, or Cross Creek). Look for results from all these games in Saturday’s paper.