The Thomson High School Soccer Dogs lost to Richmond Academy 2-1 March 6 at Richmond.
“That was a good game,” head coach Zack Tucker said.
“ARC is just one of the best teams in the region, probably No. 1 or 2 in the region.”
Thomson appeared to dominate Richmond throughout the game, keeping the ball largely in Musketeer territory. But with 9:57 remaining in the first half, a quick kick sent the ball into the net to give ARC the first goal of the game. ARC soon scored another goal with 7:02 remaining in the half, and the score stood at 2-0 at halftime.
“They had a couple of chances that were based on our mistakes, and they capitalized on them,” Tucker said. “Against a team like ARC, you can’t give them that sort of mistake window, because they will capitalize on it.”
Richmond Academy would not score in the second half. The Dogs got on the board with 26:56 remaining in the game when Thomson’s foreign exchange student, Alex Frings, sent a kick into the back of the net to give Thomson its only goal of the game. At the end of regulation play, the score stood in ARC’s favor, 2-1.
“That was an absolute perfect shot by Alex from the outside,” Tucker said. “We just couldn’t quite find any other spots to put it in during the rest of the game.”
The goal was Frings’ second of the season.
“I just saw the ball come in to me and was able to get it in,” Frings said. “It’s just unfortunate that we weren’t able to get a second goal tonight.”
“This is two years in a row that we’ve played ARC just as well as they’ve played, and lost by one goal,” Tucker said. “Last year we lost by one in overtime. This year we just weren’t able to force it into overtime.”
Wednesday’s scheduled game against Josey was canceled. Thomson traveled to Washington County on Tuesday. The Soccer Dogs next home game is Friday at 7 p.m. against Hephzibah.