RICHMOND — The Richmond soccer team played well through a steady rain, a light drizzle and, finally, some welcomed sunshine Friday afternoon in a Western D semifinal game against Chop Point.

The weather couldn’t slow the Bobcats and neither did the Blue Bears.

Senior Nate Tribbet scored two goals and brother Cody added another — all in the second half — as No. 2 Richmond rolled into the Western D final with a convincing 3-0 victory over No. 3 Chop Point, of Woolwich.

“The boys have one goal and it’s not just reaching the Western D final,” said Richmond coach Joe Scribellito. “We don’t want to stop at Western Maine.”

Richmond (12-2-2) will play either No. 1 Pine Tree Academy (13-1-0) or No. 4 Greenville (11-3-1) in the Western D championship game Wednesday. Those teams play Monday.

Chop Point, a school of 80 students, finished 9-3-0.

“We were just happy to come here and get some opportunities,” Chop Point coach David Wilkinson said. “Richmond is a fun team to play against. We’re just a few players shy of being able to compete at their level.”

The Bobcats, who outshot the Blue Bears 24-3, dictated play and tempo throughout, but found themselves stuck in a scoreless game at the half.

“Our intensity was down a little bit and we were a little slower to the ball in the first half,” Scribellito said. “Maybe we were just looking ahead. I don’t know. In the second half, we wanted to take more direct shots and see if we could get a few in.”

Richmond did just that.

Nate Tribbet scored the only goal Richmond would need when he beat Chop Point keeper Gable Stevens with a nice shot to the far post about four minutes into the game.

“It was an indirect kick and I got the ball and had some room to shoot,” Tribbet said.

The goal sparked the Bobcats, who kept the pressure on Chop Point the rest of the way.

Tribbet made it 2-0 when he roofed a direct kick over Stevens from about 22 yards out with 19:30 left.

“What a shot,” Wilkinson said. “He bended it over the wall and over the goalie. That was a big-time shot.”

Added Tribbet: “The upper corner was open and I got it there. I got it just over the keeper’s hands.”

Richmond extended the lead when freshman Cody Tribbet converted a crossing pass from Jon Simmons at the back post with 5:30 left.

“I saw Jon with the ball and he made a nice pass,” Cody Tribbet said. “The ball skipped over to me and I put it in.”

Dustin Sullivan had two saves to earn the shutout for Richmond, which had eight corner kicks.

Stevens finished with 12 saves for the Blue Bears, who tried to slow the game down by clogging up the middle. Wilkinson acknowledged the strategy would lead to few scoring chances.

“We tried to clog things up and just play good defense,” he said. “We knew we’d only get two or three scoring chances. But Richmond did a good job of attacking. They made the plays and executed in the second half.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640[email protected]Twitter: @billstewartkj

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