Thomson's girls fell to ARC by a score of 7-1 in regional soccer competition March 8.
Richmond scored early, its first goal coming 3:49 into the game, followed by another less than two minutes later. Its offense continued dominating a confused Thomson defense, scoring four more times to end the first half leading 6-0.
"They're killing us up the middle," Thomson head coach Jessica Ruark told her players during the break. "We've been playing a 5-3-2 (defense), but now we're switching back to a 3-5-2."
The switch proved effective for Thomson, which held ARC to only one more goal, which came at 8:42 into the second half.
"We definitely picked it up and played better after we switched to the 3-5-2, which we don't normally play," Ruark said after the game. "But that helped us close up the middle, and we didn't have players hanging around in the back."
The one bright spot for Thomson's offense came when sophomore Haley Oubre scored the team's only goal with just under three minutes left in the game.
"NeNe (Williams) ran down field and I yelled for the cross. She crossed, and I finished it," Oubre said after the game.
"It felt great to make a goal. I wish we'd been able to make more, but I'm glad we got that one."
Ruark was quick to praise several players for their defensive play. "I normally announce it later, but I'm going ahead and naming Brea Boutwell as player of the game. She was the star out there; she really hustled. She did everything she needed to do, and more. Caitlin Carpenter did a great job in the back; she really commanded the back tonight."
Despite the loss, Ruark remains confident her team can make it to the state playoffs. "We just need to play up to our potential. If we can play in these games like we play in practice, then we'll have no problem making it to state."
Thomson's scheduled March 10 trip to Josey was canceled. The team faced Washington County on Tuesday.