Richmond’s Samantha Wilson makes a move around Connersville’s Alexis Johnson during Thursday’s game at Lyboult Field.
Two wins. Two shutouts.
Richmond is off to a 2-0 start in girls soccer, and the Red Devils have done it without giving up a single goal to the opposition.
“I thought we’d have at least one goal in, but none so far,” said sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Mittenhal.
Richmond kept Connersville off the scoreboard Thursday. Four Red Devils scored as RHS halted the Spartans 4-0 on Lyboult Field.
Julia Keene got things rolling for Richmond with 23:45 left in the first half as she converted the first of three assists from Samantha Wilson.
Wilson notched assist No. 2 about 6 minutes later, finding Hannah Crail for the 2-0 advantage.
Hannah Guth scored unassisted with less than 7 minutes remaining in the half to send RHS into the break ahead 3-0.
“At first I think we kind of started a little bit slow, but afterward we kept getting our passes better, and more connections and a little bit better communication,” Mittenhal said. “We were able to put passes through and get to the goal.”
Jordan McGuire recorded the game’s final goal with 25 minutes to go in the second half, beating the Connersville keeper one-on-one.
It was the fifth goal of the season for McGuire. She scored four times in Richmond’s season-opening 4-0 win over Jay County on Tuesday on Lyboult’s turf field.
“We had more people in the mix,” said RHS coach Eric Wilson. “Some good services. That was very nice.
“I’d still like it to get a little quicker. I think we played at least a more sound game our first game than we did this time around, but overall I’m pleased with the result.”
Richmond had more of the same solid defense Thursday the Red Devils showed in their win against the Patriots.
“It’s something we’re going to focus on and fine tune,” coach Wilson said. “There are still a couple of things we’d like to do with that back line, but so far, two clean sheets, that’s pretty good.”
Richmond has its first road game of the season this Saturday as the Red Devils cross the border to face Ohio foe Greenon.
“Looking at their record from last year, it looks like it’s going to be a good challenge,” coach Wilson said. “We’re looking forward to it. Hopefully we just go and play our game.”
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