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Richmond Hill sweeps South Effingham, Statesboro as regular season winds down

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POSTED: April 11, 2007 5:00 a.m.

The RHHS boys are girls soccer teams are continuing their hot streaks, winning games against South Effingham on Friday and against Statesboro on Saturday.

On Friday, the boys beat South Effingham 1-0 with a goal scored by Brian Wood 17 minutes into the first half.

"We played extremely well and executed our game plan perfectly," said head boys coach Wade Wright. "We controlled the game and I feel we had a few more chances that we should have converted. The win put us in position to win the sub region title with a little help from BC on Tuesday. At worst, we will be the second seed and get to host the first round of the region playoffs."

The boys beat Statesboro 1-0 with a goal by Greyson Serges.

"We played very well for the heat and coming off a game the night before," said Wright. "I was pleased with the substitute’s ability to maintain the high level of play for us. This shows that the hard work in practice is starting to pay off. The win makes three in a row for us and these were against three of the better teams that we face. I hope this is an indication that we are peaking at the right time."

As for the girls, they won their Friday South Effingham match 2-0 with goals by Lauren Hall and Allison Snider and three saves by Sarah Parker.

The game was much like the other two games they had against SE in that they played little offense and packed 8-10 in the box.

South Effingham's field was the minimum regulation field of 55 yards wide by 100 yards long.

With less field to work with, the number in the box made it difficult to shoot.

"We were methodical and patient," said girls head coach Steve Kollman. "We took 41 total shots, 31 on goal. Their keeper (Brittany Way) had 25 saves, 2 goals against, and we had another 4 that hit a post."

On Saturday, the girls went back up to Statesboro to continue the game that was suspended due to weather in February. The game was tied at halftime 1-1. RHHS won 2-1.

"We wanted to play a fast paced half, get a goal, and then work on our defensive sets going into the region playoffs," Kollman said. "We accomplished each of these goals in a very ‘surgical’ attack that culminated in the winning goal by Lauren Hall on a pass from Allison Snider. Our defense shut down their attack and limited them to 3 shots in the half."

This win gives the girls program its seventh straight year of double digit wins and sets up another potentially record breaking season for our girls.

It is also the second straight year we have been subregion co-champions. The Lady Wildcats are tied with St. Vincent’s. Both the boys and girls played Liberty last night, but results were not available as of press time. The next competition will be Friday night at Effingham County.

 

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