RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders women's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to the VCU Rams on Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond. With the defeat, the Spiders fall to 7-8-1 on the season and to 3-3-1 in Atlantic 10 play, while VCU improves to 10-4-3 on the year and to 5-2 in league action.
"I thought we played a very good game for the most part," said head coach Peter Albright. "Violet Miller, Kristin Lescalleet and Emily Parisi were excellent. Andrea [Young] had some big saves and Natalie [LeClair] was very good. We failed to execute in a couple of key moments. They were awarded two penalty kicks, which were both deserved and that was a hard hole to dig ourselves out of. We had a couple of good chances, but credit VCU. They played well at home tonight."
Working up the left side of the pitch in the eighth minute, senior Natalie LeClair beat a VCU defender to get in to the 18-yard box. LeClair dished the ball off to junior Kristen Lybert at the top left corner of the box, who struck a beautiful shot to beat the Rams' keeper to the lower right corner. Lybert's first career goal on LeClair's third assist of the season gave Richmond a 1-0 lead.
The Spider lead was short-lived, however, as the Rams evened the score at 1-1 just four minutes later, converting on a penalty kick.
At the break, the score remained tied at 1-1 between Richmond and VCU. Shots were 7-4 in favor of the Spiders in the first 45 minutes, with Lybert and junior Becca Wann leading the team with two apiece.
The Spiders were unable to slow the VCU attack in the second half, as the Rams scored two goals in the final frame, including a second penalty kick, to take the 3-1 win.
For the match, Wann lead the Spiders with four shots, while LeClair finished with three. On the night, senior goalkeeper Andrea Young made five saves for Richmond.
The Richmond Spiders women's soccer team continues its three-match road trip at Dayton on Friday, October 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.