Lady Raiders Looking to Capture Title on Home Field
After dominating Class-A over the course of the 2017 season, the Richland High School girls’ soccer team has a chance to reach another milestone, winning its first postseason district championship in at least a decade.
The Lady Raiders (12-1-1, 4-0-1) have won two-straight regular season titles, but the postseason honor has proved elusive as Fairview dashed the team’s hopes each of the last two seasons, first in the championship game in 2015 and then again in the semifinals last year at Richland School with a heartbreaking overtime loss.
Fairview has since moved to Class AA after last season’s realignment, and the final team standing in the way of an RHS title is rival Columbia Academy, a team the Lady Raiders have not lost to in its last three meetings (2-0-1). In this year’s installment of the rivalry match, the two teams drew 1-1 Sept. 5 at Richland School, which also serves as the last match in which the Lady Raider defense allowed a goal. RHS currently fields a streak of 661-straight minutes of shutout soccer spanning eight matches as well as the final 21 minutes against the Lady Bulldogs (7-7-1, 4-0-1). The Lady Raiders have allowed only six goals in 14 matches overall.
Richland’s most recent victory came in the district semifinals as the top-seeded Lady Raiders defeated fourth seed Culleoka in a 2-0 shutout behind goals by Audrey Briggs and Lexy Edwards Wednesday night.
Richland is scheduled to host CA for the championship tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m.