How do you score a goal in every game that you play and somehow manage to stay under the radar? Ask BR-38 North Alabama’s Chloe Richards, who has been doing just that over the course of her team’s first seven games of the season.
The senior skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard in goals scored this week after picking up 5 in a 5-0 win over BR-181 Shorter (tying a school record for goals in a single game). Richards now has a D2-leading 14 goals, two more than Anderson (SC) junior Idoia Agirre. The multi-goal game is the 11th of her career and its the eighth time that she scored three or more goals — the fourth time with at least four scores.
Richards also has 2 assists for a total of 30 points. She has gotten off 81 shots with 43 on goal; is perfect in penalty kicks, going 2 for 2; and has three game-winners on her ledger already. Breaking it down further, she has posted an average of 11.5 shots per game, has 2 goals per game and 4.29 points per game. Can you say early player of the year?
Richards started the season off one goal in each of the team’s first three games, added two against Palm Beach Atlantic, three against Alabama Huntsville, one against Lee and then 5 against Shorter.
This isn’t the first time that the England native led the country in scoring, either. Last year she had a D2 high 26 goals. As a sophomore, she grabbed only 5 and as a freshman she had 10. Career-wise, Richards has 55 goals on 315 shots and 14 assists for 124 total points.
Richards picked up a Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honor just this past week (the sixth of her career).
Next up for Richards and North Alabama (6-0-1) is Cumberland on Sunday, followed by matchups against BR-89 Valdosta State, BR-193 West Georgia and BR-234 Spring Hill. Expect a lot more scoring from this foreigner on US soil before her career is over.