Oldest Record in Books: Richmond Breaks Record for Five Matches in Assist | Instant News


It is the ninth in a series of stories about the oldest records at Harding University. Today’s record is from Harding’s women’s soccer.

The Lady Bison football program made its debut in 1998. Since then Harding has played nearly 400 games. The oldest record in the book comes from the fifth game in program history, played on September 17, 1998, at Searcy.

Harding entered the game winning in three of his first four games. Louisiana College, an NAIA school located in Pineville, challenged Harding.

It took Harding just 12 minutes to take the lead, with Melissa Toungette scoring with an assist from Andrea “Tree” Richmond, the first of her four assists, which remains the oldest record in the books.

Richmond scored Harding’s second just six minutes later. Harding added two more goals from Courtney Pierron and Heather Gray and took a 4-0 first-half lead.

Harding ended the game early in the second half with Richmond providing the assist on three goals in less than nine minutes. Candace O’Neal scored twice and Gray added another.

Harding won 8-1 and beat Louisiana College 49-1. The game produced another record that still stands. Louisiana College goalkeeper Krystal Womack made 32 saves in the match, still the most by an opponent from Harding.

Harding finished the 1998 season with an overall record 6-9-1. Gray led Harding with 10 goals, and Richmond led with 10 assists, four of which came in Harding’s big win over Louisiana College.

Note: Sarah Williamson tied Richmond’s assists record with four assists in Harding’s 9-0 win over Delta State on October 9, 2005.

Note: Andrea Richmond has 27 career assists to rank second at Harding behind Lori Boren’s 31.



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