UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond battled new A-10 member, Butler, to a 2-2 draw Friday night at Robins Stadium.
The Spiders' mark now sits at 6-7-1, 2-2-1, while Butler is 8-2-3, 2-0-2. Both receive a point in the A-10 standings for the decision. Tonight marked the first-ever action between Richmond and Butler in conference play.
"Tonight was one of the best soccer games we've ever played," said head coach Peter Albright. "We had the ball 80 percent of the game and we really became a team tonight. Natalie LeClair, Kristin Lescalleet and our midfielders all played exceptionally well. I couldn't be more proud of our girls as we're coming together as a team."
Richmond nearly escaped with a 2-1 victory, but the Bulldogs scored with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Butler's Jackie Hafele scored at 89:56 off a deflection from Clair Milam to push the game into extras. Butler was coming off two-straight overtime wins.
The Spiders scored what they thought would be the game-winner when Becca Wann headed a ball into close range from a perfectly-placed pass from Natalie LeClair in the game's 80th minute. LeClair first got the Spiders on the board at the 37-minute mark when she dribbled the length of th field and lasered the ball into the back of the goal. Violet Miller accounted for the assist.
Butler struck first two minutes into the game when Elise Kotsakis scored unassisted at close range.
Richmond dominated the shot category, 31-19. The 31 shots is a season-high for the Spiders. LeClair led Richmond with seven shots and four points. (1g, 1a).
Richmond won the corners, 6-2, while Andrea Young posted seven saves in goal.
Six Spider seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony.
Richmond hosts Saint Louis in the final home game of the season Sun. Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at Robins Stadium.