Richmond’s bus ride back from Franklin County last year was a silent one.
The Red Devils made a pretty loud statement early against the Wildcats in the 2013 match.
RHS scored three times in the first 8 minutes Thursday night, taking a comfortable lead on the way to taking a 5-0 victory on Lyboult Field.
Megan Bell and Jordan McGuire scored two goals each for the Red Devils, with freshman Kaitlyn Vierk netting the other Richmond goal in the second half.
“We tied the team last year 2-2,” Bell said of the Wildcats. “This year it was just great getting a big victory.”
Bell scored with 37:28 remaining in the first half to stake the Red Devils to a 1-0 lead.
It quickly grew. McGuire scored her first goal about 1 minute later, and Bell finished the flurry with a second goal with 32:30 left in the half.
“It’s a stress reliever,” Bell said of the early scoring. “We’re used to starting out real slow, and we started out really fast this time, out of the gate and had three goals within the first 10 minutes.”
Richmond took that 3-0 lead into halftime. Vierk extended it to 4-0 less than 2 minutes into the second half, with McGuire finishing the scoring with her second goal with 3:52 to go.
The Red Devils improved to 6-3-3, and bounced back from Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Lyboult to North Central Conference foe Marion.
“It was nice to get out there and get after it again after the Marion game,” said RHS coach Eric Wilson.
” … I think the first five minutes they were still trying to find their legs, but after that they really put the pressure on the other team, and it was kind of nice to get a couple of goals in there and solidify that.”
The Red Devils also doubled their win total from last year.
“We still have a long way to go to get where we want to get, but we’re on our way,” Wilson said.
Richmond travels Saturday to Muncie Central, plays Tuesday at Anderson in an NCC match, and then returns to Lyboult on Sept. 28 to meet Logansport in another conference showdown.
“Hopefully this is just the beginning,” Wilson said. “We have a long way to go, but to see us … find our way, clawing back up this year, it’s nice to see.”