The Richmond Hill High School soccer teams officially started their season on Friday, Feb. 10 with non region games against a tough Glynn Academy. Glynn beat the Wildcats 2-0 and narrowly defeated the Lady Wildcats in a close 5-4 contest.
"The Glynn boys were everything we thought they were," said Wildcat Coach Robbie Flanders. "They were very good in all aspects of the game. They were able to jump on us quick and set the tone for the game."
Flanders said his team worked hard and did not give up, but they were just unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
"There are some things we need to work on, but ultimately I was proud of the guys with how hard they played," Flanders said.
As for the girls, Glynn was perhaps the fastest team the Lady Wildcats have seen since St. Vincent’s last year. Glynn controlled the midfield with their two fastest players and gave the Lady Wildcat defense a run for their money.
"It was a game that we like to schedule, against a top program, to gauge where our young team is and what we need to work on going into region play," Lady Wildcat Coach Steve Kollman said. "Despite the mismatch, our girls continued to play hard and get the ball deep into Glynn’s scoring box to tie the score at 3-3 and 4-4."
Glynn scored the winning goal with five minutes left. Elizabeth Campbell scored two goals for Richmond Hill while Morgan Cribbs and Julia Marcotte scored one each. Lindsey Vasher had three assists and Cribbs had one.
"A good first game to get an idea of where our team stands, and what we need to work on going forward," Kollman said. "I really liked the heart our girls showed in continually putting pressure on a top team."