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Richmond Hill sweeps soccer twinbill from South Effingham
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Lauren Wheeler (3) and Frankie Mesmer (2) get control against Richmond Hill. - photo by Photo by Stacy Bergsmith

Richmond Hill swept a Region 3-AAA soccer doubleheader from South Effingham on Thursday, with the No. 11-ranked Lady Wildcats winning 6-0 and the boys posting a 5-0 win over the Mustangs.

Freshman Lindsey Vasher scored five goals for the Lady Wildcats, and senior Lauren Hall added one.

“Lindsey is growing by leaps and bounds with her understanding of our offensive plan,” Richmond Hill coach Steve Kollman said. “We knew from her history in the club circuit that she would develop into a premier scorer as a junior and senior, but it just so happened that it’s bearing true a bit earlier than planned.”

South Effingham keeper Brittany Way registered 25 saves. The Lady Mustangs fell to 0-6 on the year and 0-3 in the region. Richmond Hill, which lost to St. Vincent’s, improved to 2-1 in the region.

“(They) had it in our end five or six times, but they just never got a quality shot,” Kollman said.

In the boys game, Sam Vernon had three goals for the Wildcats while Steven Guarino and Greyson Sturges each had one. Richmond Hill outshot South Effingham 30-6.

“All the work we put into the early season and the adversity we had to overcome is paying dividends right now,” Richmond Hill coach Wade Wright said. “Playing the bigger schools early on, along with compensating for all the illness and injury on this team, has prepared us for this region run.

“In prior games, we were forced us to play our younger kids in sink-or-swim type positions due to many of our first string being out with injury or illness. Because of that, we now have the depth in this program to succeed.”

Wright complimented the Mustangs, but said this game was a matter of “experience in age taking advantage of inexperience in youth. They put up a good fight, though.”

South Effingham slipped to 2-5 on the season and 0-3 in the region. The Wildcats, also 8-0 winners over Benedictine are now 3-0 in the region and 4-5-2 overall.

South Effingham will travel to Liberty County on Tuesday.