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RHS downs rivals
September 6, 2012North Central Conference
Less than two minutes into Tuesday’s Centerville - Richmond boys soccer game at Freeman Park, Josh Anderson touched the ball over to Joel Okafor, who scored to put Richmond on the board.
Less than three minutes later, Okafor returned the favor, and Anderson got a goal of his own.
Just like that, the tone was set.
Richmond found the net nine times, including a hat trick from Okafor, a pair of goals from Anderson and two from Quinn Smith as the Red Devils routed their Wayne County-rival Bulldogs 9-1 on Tuesday.
“It’s always good to get a goal, you just have to try hard, get in the right place and hopefully you get it, Anderson said.
“... It’s good, (Centerville is) always competitive, but it’s just another game and we got the win.”
And the Red Devils got some pretty good touches on the ball, too.
Okafor added his second goal with 23 minutes remaining in the first half with an assist from Andy Stevens, and assisted Smith on his first score three minutes later.
Okafor received the pass from a teammate and dove for a header close to the ground, sending the ball across on side of the net to the other and Smith met him there with a header of his own that found the back of the net.
“I think our goals were well constructed, they weren’t necessarily just fluke or luck or anything, I think we put together some pretty good attacks,” Red Devils coach Sam Byrd said. “We we’re a little sloppy at the beginning with our passing, but everybody’s coming off of two days off, so I guess that’s probably why that was the case.”
Smith’s second goal came later in the half and Anderson added his second off a deflection in the second half.
Stevens and Chris Szymanowski both added late goals to seal the Red Devil victory.
Trevor Miller put Centerville on the board with an unassisted shot to start the second half.
Drew Barrett had five saves in goal for the Red Devils, while Russell Zimmerman had one after coming in late in the second half. Levi Kincaid had 19 saves for the Bulldogs (4-4).
“Our team wasn’t ready mentally, it’s this whole David and Goliath thing and we’ve got a good team, but Richmond, they have a good team,” Bulldogs coach David Barnett said. “They came out strong and well-coached, I think it just overwhelmed our guys from the beginning.”
The Bulldogs return home to host Connersville on Thursday, while the Red Devils (5-1-2) return to NCC play as they host Marion on Saturday.
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