RICHMOND — The Richmond girls high school soccer team came into Wednesday’s clash with North Yarmouth Academy looking to avenge last year’s 1-0 loss to the Panthers in the D South final. 

RICHMOND, ME – SEPTEMBER 18: Richmond 8 Nicole Tribbet dribbles during a game on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Burney-Gardner Community Memorial Athletic Complex in Richmond. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer)

Natalie Farrell scored at the 10-minute mark for NYA, registering the only score they needed as the Panthers held off Richmond in the second half for a 1-0 victory. 

NYA improved to 4-0-1, while the Bobcats suffer their first defeat of the season falling to 2-1. 

After a pair of shots on goal for Richmond through the first nine minutes, NYA struck on its first attempt when Farrell volleyed the ball around defenders to the right side of the net and blasted a shot over the hands of Richmond keeper Liz Johnson with 30 minutes remaining in the half. 

We let (Farrell) turn the corner on us. She scored a bunch of goals on us last year, so we knew about her,” Richmond coach Troy Kendrick said. “We made sure to stay up on her and keep someone on her.” 

Midway through the opening frame, Richmond’s Nicole Tribbet slipped through the defense and positioned herself for a shot, but NYA goalie Carly Downey came out of the net to cut off the angle and denied the sophomore an attempt. 

NYA tried to add to the lead late in the half when Farrell made another drive to the goal, but Johnson was there to thwart off the shot to keep the game at a one-goal deficit at the break. 

Despite trailing at the half, Richmond outshot NYA, 5-2, while the Panthers held a slight advantage in corner kicks3-1. 

Putting on pressure 

Richmond came into the second half with a little more purpose, winning the balls they weren’t in the first.  

We’re definitely a second half team with our conditioning and we were like ‘They scored so let’s get it back,’ that was our mentality after halftime,” Bryanne Lancaster said. “We were down by a goal, so we knew had to go after the ball and win it. We limited our mistakes and made things happen. 

RICHMOND, ME – SEPTEMBER 18: NYA 13 Marion Robbins, left, and Richmond 16 Abby Johnson chase a ball during a game on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Burney-Gardner Community Memorial Athletic Complex in Richmond. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer)

A little over 12 minutes into the half, Richmond put pressure on the visitors with possessions, creating opportunities with multiple penalty corners. Unfortunately, the Bobcats did not convert, but in the middle of all of it was Lancaster. 

Whether it’s her play on defense, leadership on the field or taking corner kicks, Kendrick relies on the senior captain. 

She has done a great job taking charge. She’s really my stopper, she’s a center-back but she knows she has the green light to go forward, make things happen and create,” the coach said. “She’s really developed a nice game as she’s an important factor for us. 

RICHMOND, ME – SEPTEMBER 18: Richmond 7 Leah Wescott dribbles during a game on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Burney-Gardner Community Memorial Athletic Complex in Richmond. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer)

At the 19-minute mark, a Richmond player was taken down inside the box for a penalty kick, but the attempt went wide, and the score remained intact. 

The pressure continued, but nothing developed for the home team. From there, the Panthers defense did what they needed to do, keeping Richmond off the board and preserving the shutout for the win. 

While Downey did not record many saves in the second half (one), it was her aggressiveness of coming out from the net to slow down the Bobcats pressure in the second half. 

“We came out ready for the pressure. We had to stay back and be ready as our midfielders had to drop more and stay connected, move as one,” Downey, who finished with six saves said. “I think we did a pretty good job with that in the second half.” 

Coach Kendrick was pleased with his team’s effort.  

“We were just a whisker away from creating some really good scoring chances,” the coach said. In the second half we had good possessions, just couldn’t put one in.” 

He was even more pleased with their defensive effort. 

RICHMOND, ME – SEPTEMBER 18: Richmond 12 Laura Brown, left, follows through on shot and collides with keeper Carly Downey during a game on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Burney-Gardner Community Memorial Athletic Complex in Richmond. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer)

“We gave up some corner kicks, but I thought we limited their chances,” Kendrick added as NYA only took two shots on goal and had zero penalty corners in the second half. “Defensively, I look at that as a strength of our team. Lindsie (Irish), Brea (Shea) and Marybeth (Sloat). 

(NYA) has scored a bunch of goals so to allow just one, I couldn’t be more pleased.” 

NYA has scored five goals three times in the early goings, outscoring its opponents, 17-4 coming into the game. 

Kendrick and company look forward to the next match against the Panthers at NYA on Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. 

“I like the no quit in these girls, that was the best thing, keep knocking on the door. If we could have just got one, we might have got two or three, maybe next time,” Kendrick said. 

We’re not a team that just rolls over and lets them pound on us. We’re going to fight back even harder and if we’re not in the lead, we’ll fight twice as hard,” Lancaster said. “We still have a chip on our shoulder from last year. We were ready this time, so we will be ready next time. 

RICHMOND, ME – SEPTEMBER 18: Richmond 16 Abby Johnson, left, and NYA 13 Marion Robbins, chase a ball during a game on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Burney-Gardner Community Memorial Athletic Complex in Richmond. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer)

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