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Taylor Dietrick scored her third goal of the season on Friday.
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Taylor Dietrick scored her third goal of the season on Friday.
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No. 25 Spiders Edged At No. 17 Duke
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 09/14/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - No. 25 ranked Richmond lost to No. 17 ranked Duke 2-1 Friday, the Spiders' second 2-1 loss to a nationally ranked opponent this week.

All three of the Spiders losses are to ranked teams, including a pair of 2-1 losses to currently No. 2 ranked Princeton and the No. 17 Blue Devils within the last six days. Both of those losses have come with backup goalkeeper Kelley Wentling playin in place of All-American Anna Zarkoski, who is playing with the U.S. in the Junior Pan-Am Games.

Wentling has played well in reserve, making five saves against the Blue Devils.

Just like in the loss to Princeton on Sunday, Richmond fell behind early, came back to tie the game, but gave up the game-winner in the second half.

Richmond freshman Taylor Deitrick tied the game in the 19th minute with her third goal of the season off an assist from Allison Siegel.

Devon Gagliardi scored both of the Blue Devils goals, netting the first in the game's 12th minute on an assist from Mary Neilsen. Gagliardi scored again on an assist by Grace Christus in the 49th minute to give the Blue Devils the lead for good.

The No. 17 ranked Blue Devils (3-4) held a slim 13-10 advantage on shots.

"Tonight we faced a Duke team that had a greater sense of drive and focus than our squad," Richmond head coach Gina Lucido said. "Our second half effort was not enough and a valuable lesson in playing to less than our potential. We will turn this for good and continue our preparation towards being at our best for conference play."

Richmond (3-3) plays at Davidson on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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