RED SPRINGS — After dropping back-to-back matches this week, the Lumberton girls soccer team was in need of a confidence-booster.
That boost came on Friday for the Lady Pirates with a 9-0 win on the road at Red Springs.
“We needed some confidence offensively. It’s been a struggle all season to create goal-scoring opportunities so tonight was an opportunity to do that,” Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons said. “Moving forward hopefully that will help us with key conference games coming up.”
Lumberton (4-4) scored six goals after halftime to close out the road win, and give it positive momentum heading into the meeting with Purnell Swett on Tuesday.
After building a halftime lead of three goals, Christina Dickerson found the back of the net for her first of two second-half goals to put the Lady Pirates up 4-0.
After that point is where Red Springs (2-4-1) coach Travis Wilson said things got out of hand.
“I thought we played well until they got that fourth goal and then things spiraled out of control for us,” he said. “We were just hoping to compete a little better than we did.”
After the first goal from Dickerson, Sallee Jones score two straight goals in the 47th and 51st minute to push the advantage to 6-0.
Julianna Campbell scored 12 minutes later to make it a seven-goal advantage off a pass from Sherry Lay. Lacey Malinsky scored her second goal of the match in the 74th minute to make it 8-0.
Dickerson’s second goal with 2:18 left ended the contest with a nine-goal advantage.
“We will try to build off this,” Simmons said. “I think we need more games. I don’t think we have hit our stride and the chemistry isn’t there yet. We’re hoping to put it together here and take advantage of it.”
Paola Carrera and Brittany Ward scored the first two goals of the contest, with Carrera scoring in the first minute and a half of the match.
Baseball and Softball
Lumberton wins first conference game
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton baseball team won its first Sandhills Athletic Conference game of the season with a 15-1 win at home over Seventy-First.
Seth Odum got the win on the mound with nine strikeouts for the Pirates (2-5, 1-4 SAC). Austin Gist and Kelvin Ortega each had two RBIs in the victory.
Lady Rams demolish Pinecrest
PEMBROKE — By scoring 12 runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Purnell Swett softball team picked up a 12-2 Sandhills Athletic Conference win at home over Pinecrest in five innings.
Leading the Lady Rams (5-3, 4-2 SAC) at the plate was Kaitlyn Hunt with a pair of hits, one being a double, and three RBIs. Trinity Locklear had two hits and two RBIs and Katlyn Jones had one RBI. JaiLeana Deese struck out 10 batters to get the win.
Patriots edges Rams in pitchers’ duel
PEMBROKE — Eugene Wilkins struck out 10 batters in 7 2/3 innings for the Purnell Swett baseball team, but visiting Pinecrest scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 2-0 win.
Wilkins pitched a gem with four hits on the mound, but was run off in the top of the eighth because of the pitch count rule. After he left, a two-run single by Zack Pruitt gave the Patriots (9-1, 5-1 SAC) the go-ahead runs.
Purnell Swett (0-10, 0-9 SAC) had one hit come against Nick Pry coming off the bat of Braydon Scott.
15-run inning helps East Columbus rout Fairmont
LAKE WACCAMAW — A big third inning helped the East Columbus softball team capture a 26-6 win over Fairmont in five innings at home.
The Lady Gators scored 15 runs in the third after batting around the order twice. It used 20 hits and no errors to cruise to the victory.
Kaitlyn Hunt led the Lady Golden Tornadoes (4-5, 4-4 TRC) with three hits and two RBIs, Mya Hunt had a two-run homer and Mya Strickland had a pair of hits and an RBI.
In baseball action, East Columbus won 7-6 over Fairmont. Elsewhere in the Three Rivers Conference, West Columbus won 4-3 over Red Springs in baseball. Whiteville swept St. Pauls with 13-0 win in softball and a 4-0 win in baseball.
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