Lady Raiders Earn Rivalry Win Over GCHS
Late in the opening half of the Lady Raiders and Lady Bobcats soccer teams’ first meeting since 2012, Richland midfielder Lexy Edwards attempted to play a high volley into the box.
The ball sailed well over the heads of the Richland attacking third, though, and found the back of the net from nearly 40 yards out, as the Lady Raiders (3-0, 2-0) earned a 1-0 victory over GCHS (2-1-1), the program’s first win in the rivalry since 2010.
Richland’s defense played arguably its best match of the last two seasons to hold the Lady Cats scoreless, despite 21 shots on goal. Freshman goalie Hope Calahan saved all 21 attempts including a penalty kick late in the second half to earn her third-consecutive clean sheet to start the year.
GCHS outshot Richland by a 2-to-1 ratio and dominated possession for much of the contest behind several strong chances from Kate Wallace, Bailey Sumners and Anna Katherine Underwood. Richland’s defensive alignment came through in the clutch when the team needed it most to earn the team’s third-straight shutout.
The Lady Raiders have now outscored their opponents 18-0 to open the season 3-0. They return to action Tuesday, Sept. 1 when they travel to Fairview for an 11-A/AA match between two of the district favorites.
GCHS will have a week off after playing four matches in seven days to open the season. The Lady Cats’ varsity squad will play their first 12-A/AA match of the year at Wayne County Tuesday, Sept. 8.