The Collegian
Thursday, December 08, 2022

Women's soccer washed away in rainy 0-3 loss against VCU

<p>Sophomore defender Sofia Mancino shoots the ball at the Oct. 2 match against Virginia Commonwealth University. Photo by Mike Tripp / courtesy of Richmond Athletics.</p>

Sophomore defender Sofia Mancino shoots the ball at the Oct. 2 match against Virginia Commonwealth University. Photo by Mike Tripp / courtesy of Richmond Athletics.

The University of Richmond soccer team played the Virginia Commonwealth University at the home web of President’s Field in, where the Rams claimed a 3-0 win against UR. 

VCU was quick to make moves on the rainy day with its first and only goal of the first period at the 17:40 mark. 

In the first period, the Spiders had two shot attempts with no luck. The first shot went bottom left by sophomore forward Emma Coleman and the second shot went out right by senior forward Jessie Prillaman. 

The second period brought no luck on the rainy day game as UR had two more shot attempts, but the Rams tallied two more goals, one at the 73:49 mark and the last goal exactly five minutes later at 78:49, collecting their 3-0 Spider sweep. 

The combined four-shot attempts were the lowest UR has seen this season. 

In UR’s first match of the season against Longwood University on Aug. 18, the Spiders brought in a season-record 25 shot attempts with eight on goal. As the season continued, the Spiders' shooting began to dwindle. 

In the following games, UR saw shot attempts and on-goal numbers such as 14(8), 13(7), 7(3), 10(5), 20(7), 11(4) and 5(0)

On Sept. 22, UR faced the University of Duquesne and had nine shots with six on goal. A week later on Sept. 29, UR faced Rhode Island University and had a combined nine shots with two on goal. 

These statistics align with the Spiders; ongoing shooting trends and might provide a glimpse of what UR can expect to continue to see as the season plays out.

But like many arachnids, the Spiders still have opportunities to restring their web and begin stalking their prey once more. 

UR currently sits with a 1-8-3 record; one win, eight losses and three tied games. 

The Spiders in red and white will leave their web at 5 p.m on Oct. 9 to battle George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

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