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Injuries have been a problem for both the women's soccer and basketball teams at University of Richmond this year.
In the fall, the women's soccer team lost three key players to major injuries, all but dismantling its hopes at a successful season and leaving athletes with uncertain futures.
"I think we do an excellent job here at Richmond of taking our time and making sure the kid gets back safely," soccer coach Peter Albright said.
The University of Richmond women's soccer team went head-to-head with University of Massachusetts on Sunday in a defense-oriented game that resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Richmond successfully prevented the Massachusetts attack from doing damage, with goalie Emily Kelly making seven saves.
Spider soccer (5-8-2) fell to Duquesne (5-8-2), 2-0, on Richmond's senior night despite outshooting the Dukes 16-11.
Junior Drika Bianchin, midfielder for the University of Richmond women's soccer team, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than two years.
The Saint Louis University Billikens (3-8-1) defeated the University of Richmond Spiders (3-7-2) 1-0 Friday night in a game that came down to the final moments.
The Billikens dominated possession in the first 10 minutes as the Spiders started the game slowly.
The women's soccer team will be without its All-American senior Becca Wann for the remainder of the season.
Wann, who wears soccer-specific protective headgear during games, suffered a concussion Aug.
The women's soccer team took the field at Robins Stadium Friday night against the Longwood Lancers in its first home game of the season.
Sixty-four roster spots opened after the dismissal of the men's soccer and indoor and outdoor track and field teams last fall.
The parents of a former Richmond soccer player gave DePauw University $5 million as their son prepared to transfer there after the Richmond soccer program was dropped.
Marshall Reavis gave the money to the soccer and lacrosse programs to fund a multipurpose stadium for the men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams, their son Mitch, who left Richmond during winter break, said.
Bobby Ukrop, one of Richmond's largest donors during the past several years, has resigned from the university's Board of Trustees, as first reported by Richmond BizSense.
Ukrop, who graduated from UR in 1969, had served on the board for 13 nonconsecutive years before stepping down at the board meeting on Dec.
The Board of Trustees met today at the University of Richmond for its regularly scheduled meeting.
The University of Richmond board members were greeted Thursday on the third floor of the Tyler Haynes Commons by wraps, pasta salad, chips, brownies and about 50 students holding signs in support of reinstating the men's track and field and soccer programs.
The Board of Trustees members, who made the decision in September to cut the two programs in favor of adding a men's lacrosse team, will meet again tomorrow, where board member Bobby Ukrop will present a case for the teams' reinstatement, said soccer alumnus Bret Myers.
Track members originally decided to stage Thursday's protest when a source, who does not want his or her name shared, told the runners where and when the luncheon was taking place, said Kyle Ragan, a senior on the track team.
Matthew Groff, a sophomore track member, thought the demonstration went better than expected, he said.
"We didn't know how many people were going to come out," he said.
The Richmond men's soccer program played its final game on Friday, as it was announced earlier this year that it would be cut, along with men's track and field, in favor of adding a men's lacrosse program.
It definitely isn't real yet, Zac Brown, a goalkeeper for the men's varsity soccer team said at the last soccer game for the university.
"Even though the university completely turned its back on us, I just can't imagine this having been the last game for Spider soccer," he said.
The bleachers were painted red and white by the scarves worn by many fans in the stands that were distributed by the alumni that are spearheading the ''Carry The Flag'' coalition.
The press conference hosted by University of Richmond soccer alumni on Friday presented a question of right and wrong, said men's soccer coach Leigh Cowlishaw.
Maybe the answer will not be reinstating soccer and track, but the decision certainly needs to be scrutinized with all the facts presented, he said.
Soccer alumnus Scott Byrnes, '91, led off his speech by acknowledging that people might have seen the amount of work that has gone into fighting the decision to cut the men's soccer and men's track and field teams as overkill.
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"You can put new people in their slots," Byrnes says in response to a comment about President Ayers and other board members.
Byrnes answers my question about the Washington Post article released yesterday, saying it didn't include all the information he had hoped it would.
"We're not gonna stop," Byrnes answers to a question from RTD.
Byrnes now taking questions with two other soccer alumni, one of which is Jim Brady, '85.
Byrnes finishes his speech, to a standing ovation, by pulling out a Richmond flag and saying, "Carry the Flag, boys."
"I ask you to withhold your donations to the University of Richmond until the Board of Trustees makes this right."
Byrnes now asking the board to reinstate the soccer and track programs as soon as possible.
"You had an organized group of soccer alumni banging on your door to help, and you ignored us," Byrnes says, in spirit to Ayers.
Byrnes says that if the soccer alumni had any idea the program was in jeopardy, they would've brought their arguments straight to the Board of Trustees before the decision was finalized, and the "lacrosse inner circle" couldn't afford that to happen.
Major Donor refused to engage with soccer alumni because "it would be inappropriate" because he is a member of the Board of Trustees, Byrnes said.
"Eliminating a men's sport will not be an option," Byrnes says, quoting an email about a conversation another soccer alumni had with VP of advancement Tom Gutenberger last summer.
Neither Ayers or Miller here right now I don't believe.
The alumni of the recently cut Richmond men's soccer and track and field teams have continued their strategic planning efforts, with large parts of those efforts culminating right before Homecoming Weekend.
On Tuesday, eight track alumni published and distributed a 28-page paper, titled "An Examination of the University of Richmond's 2012 Athletic Department Reconfiguration."
In the paper, the alumni highlight why outdoor track should be reinstated, citing sources for all research and claims, while indoor track and soccer should be given an opportunity to raise the funds needed to remain along with the addition of a women's sport.
"We're just trying to organize everything that we've heard from Dr. [Edward] Ayers and his chief of staff [Lori Schuyler] and [Athletic Director] Jim Miller," said Jon Molz, 2008 track alumnus and current assistant coach for the track and cross country teams.
The University of Richmond men's soccer team lost its home game against University of Dayton Friday night, 0-5.
The Spiders outshot the University of Dayton Flyers 24-20, but the Flyers were able to score against the Spiders, leading to the Spiders being shut out, despite the cheering of 115 spectators.
Richmond coach Leigh Cowlishaw said it was a frustrating game, especially when there had been many opportunities for the Spiders to score goals.
The Flyers took the lead almost 14 minutes into the game when red-shirt freshman Ryan Peterson shot the ball into the net at close range.
Junior forward Abe Keller made the next goal for Dayton during the 22nd minute when he made a direct and unassisted shot from 20 yards away.
Two of the last three goals made were scored within a minute of each other.
On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, the Gottwald atrium was scattered with laptops and cell phones.
Even after Friday night's game ended with a loss for the men's soccer team, the crowd in Robins Stadium was still cheering in support.
About 50 men's soccer alumni joined the team on the field for the post game huddle.