Richmond Hill handed losses to the Brunswick High boys and girls soccer teams on Thursday.
The boys team lost 4-1 in a game that was close until late in the second half when Richmond Hill scored twice in less than a minute to seal the victory.
The Pirates (5-4-3 overall, 1-3 Region 2-6A) fell behind 1-0 midway into the first period during a scramble for the ball in front of the net that bounced off several Richmond Hill players before it was banged into the goal. Richmond Hill (8-2-3 overall, 3-1 region) added another goal with less than eight minutes remaining in the period on a shot that just dribbled past the diving Brunswick goalkeeper to make the lead 2-0 for the visiting team.
The Richmond squad controlled the ball much of the game, preventing the Pirates from advancing the ball deep into the Wildcats’ territory.
Down two goals, Fernando Sanchez scored off a header by March Grovner put the Pirates on the scoreboard less than 10 minutes into the second half and narrow the deficit to 2-1.
After the game, Brunswick coach Daniel Szokoly said his team had a good game plan and could have won if they would have avoided miscues at key moments.
“They snuck in a goal on us, and they took their feet of the pedal,” he said. “The team did what I asked them to do.”
Szokoly said his team has shown steady improvement, and he believes they will continue as the season progresses.
“From the beginning of the season, they are playing much better,” he said.
The Brunswick girls lost 2-0 to their Richmond Hill counterparts in a game where the Lady Pirates struggled to mount an offensive attack most of the game.
Richmond Hill got on the scoreboard about midway through the first period on a play where the ball was passed across the mouth of the goal for an easy goal and a 1-0 lead.
Later in the period, Richmond Hill added another goal on a long, high kick from about 25 yards out that flew over the outstretched hands of Brunswick goalkeeper Rylee Brumbaugh to increase the lead to 2-0.
“It was just a great shot,” Brunswick coach Greg Sturm said.
Both teams played in a defensive battle in the second half, with few shots allowed and no goals scored.
Sturm said he was pleased with his team’s effort against one of the better teams in the state.
“We played well,” he said. “We knew we could play with them defensively. It was a 0-0 second half.”