Sept. 19: Loss 0-3 at Towson University
Senior Brooke Beam led the team with three shots, but the Spiders never quite recovered from the Tigers’ first-half scoring spree, falling to Towson in the University of Richmond’s final nonconference game. The Tigers’ Jenna Blank scored three goals in the first half as UR was outshot 11-5. In the second half, the Spiders were much more aggressive, earning four corner kicks and outshooting Towson 5-1. Though the Spiders’ defense shut down the Tigers in the final minutes, it could not spark a comeback.
Sept. 22: Win 2-1 at the University of Massachusetts
The Spiders mounted a second-half comeback to earn an impressive road victory over the Minutewomen. Down 1-0 at the half, the Spiders rebounded, holding the Minutewomen scoreless in the second half behind seven saves from redshirt senior goalkeeper Jessica Stanfill. Beam gave the Spiders the lead in the 72nd minute, scoring her first goal of the season.
UR advanced to 1-0 in conference play for the first time since 2015.
Sept. 13-16: Bedford Cup, College Park, Maryland
Led by first-year Andrea Campodonico -- who went a perfect 4-0 in singles play -- the Spiders had a strong showing at the Bedford Cup. Sophomore Helene Heiberg and first-year Justine Bryson won the doubles Crab Cakes and Football flight. Heiberg and senior Lea Owens also had impressive showings in the French Open singles flight.
Sept. 16-17: Virginia Commonwealth University Invitational, Country Club of Virginia
An incredible second round propelled the Spiders to a seventh-place finish at the VCU Invitational at the Country Club of Virginia. First-years Lou Baker and Ben Cooper led the charge, shooting 211 and 213 overall, respectively. On Monday, after shooting 3 over par in the first round, the Spiders rebounded, registering a second-round score of 12 under par (276), tied for the second-lowest round in UR history. It was the lowest round since UR shot 15 under par in the first round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship.
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Sept. 20: Win 2-1 (SO) vs. VCU
In an exciting game against rival VCU, the Spiders won in a shootout, earning their first victory over the Rams since 2016. Senior Elise Zwicklbauer gave the Spiders the lead in the second quarter off a penalty corner, but the Rams tied it up in the 49th minute, eventually forcing overtime. After two intense, scoreless overtime periods, the teams went to a shootout. VCU went up 2-0 and forced UR to find the back of the net in its final two chances. Luckily, Zwicklbauer and sophomore Steffie Bongers did just that, and junior goalkeeper Frankie-Lynne Conklin made a crucial save to send the game into the sudden-victory round. Bongers scored and Conklin made a save to give the Spiders the hard-fought victory.
Sept. 22: Win 2-1 vs. University of California, Davis
UR dominated possession and took the lead after two late goals to defeat the Aggies on Sunday. Sophomore Addie Nash and first-year Sutton Orndorff scored in the final nine minutes and the Spiders held the Aggies to one shot on goal in the victory. UR moved to 5-3 on the season and 2-0 in A-10 play.
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