On March 18, the Richmond Hill High School boys soccer team defeated Benedictine 2-0 while the girls lost to St. Vincent’s 2-1.
The boys win clinches the sub-region title for them and ensures that the region championship will be played at RHHS in April versus the number one team from the north sub-region. The girls, whose only region losses are their two St. Vincent’s games, are still strong contenders as well.
For the boys, Nic Harris and Greyson Surges each scored an unassisted goal while keeper Zach Alltop had 4 saves. BC had 15 saves. This shutout is the fifth in a row and keeps the RHHS team unscored on in region play.
"I can’t say enough about the composure and focus of the players," Coach Wade Wright said. "This was a difficult game due spring break and it being the fourth game in seven days. We controlled the game but could not score. At half when it was 0-0, I was nervous but I kept telling myself and the players we are in control. We started to play what is equal to four corners in basketball with about 9 minutes to go that really frustrated BC. Greyson’s last goal in the last minute was the result of BC not knowing how to handle the slow down game."
Wright said his team is now ranked 14th in the state.
"I am really proud of the guys for this accomplishment, and I can’t wait for spring break to be over so we can get ready for region and state," he continued. "I think the biggest surprise and reward for this team is that they are peaking at the right time."
For the girls, Lady Cat Katie Bergsmith scored the lone point. Keeper Raisa Martinez had 9 saves versus 11 saves for St. Vincent’s.
Despite the region loss, Coach Steve Kollman was excited about what he saw from his players.
"Fantastic game; the best game I’ve seen us play in two years," Kollman said. "Our girls played hard and were focused the entire game. They did the exact tactics we worked on all work week. Even their coach came up to me and showered us with compliments. As for taking the loss, St. Vincent’s is ranked fourth in the state, so to lose by one point is a moral victory."
Kollman is optimistic about the remainder of the season schedule. He predicts four straight wins if his team maintains their focus. After that, they face 3-AA number five ranked Savannah Country Day.
"If we play the same way we did against St. Vincent’s we may get a victory there as well," Kollman said. "We could go into state with 12-13 wins which isn’t shabby. It’s a testament to this program that, with all the starters we lost this year, we were able to reload and remain a powerhouse team."
The teams have a few days off before senior night on March 25 for a region home game against Liberty County. The girls start at 5 p.m. with the boys at 7.