The 10th-ranked Richmond Hill Lady Wildcats used the wind to their advantage and breezed past the South Effingham Lady Mustangs 4-0 Tuesday in the Region 3-AAA soccer opener for both teams.
Behind Brittany Way, the Lady Mustangs (0-4) kept the high-powered Lady Wildcats scoreless for the first 27 minutes, despite repeated Richmond Hill attacks on Way and the Lady Mustangs’ goal.
With 12:55 to play in the first half, Way came out to challenge Richmond Hill’s Lori Barnes. The ball found the foot of Richmond Hill’s Lindsey Vasher, who booted home the game’s first goal from the top of the 18-yard box.
The Lady Wildcats, averaging nearly four goals a game, stretched the lead to 2-0 with less three minutes left in the half. Vasher muscled her way past South Effingham’s Katie Pittman and fired a shot from the right side past Way.
Barnes opened the second half with a goal only 17 seconds in, powering a shot high from the right side for a 3-0 lead.
Way turned aside Katie Hudson with less than 17 minutes left. But a minute later, Lady Wildcats captain Lauren Hall chipped a shot over Way’s outstretched arms and into the net for the final tally.
The Lady Mustangs play at No. 5-ranked St. Vincent’s on Friday. Their next home game is March 25 against SVA.