GW Women's Soccer Falls to Richmond, 2-0, in Atlantic 10 Opener

Shannon Murphy

Sept. 28, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's soccer team surrendered the game-winning goal less than three minutes into the second half and Richmond added an insurance goal in the 68th minute to defeat the Colonials, 2-0, on Friday afternoon both the squads' Atlantic 10 opener at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The Colonials (4-5-1, 0-1-0 A-10) and Spiders battled to a scoreless draw through the first 45 minutes of action. Richmond tallied the first six shots all within the opening 28 minutes of the contest, and GW countered with the final four of the first half.

Richmond (5-5-0, 1-0-0 A-10) took a 1-0 lead just 2:01 into the second period when Spiders' leading scorer Becca Wann headed the ball into the right side of the net off of a free kick from Ashley Riefner. The visitors' second goal came just over 20 minutes later at 67:36 when Violet Miller collected an errant centering pass about 35 yards from net and blast a shot toward goal. The shot dipped under the crossbar and over GW freshman goalkeeper Shannon Murphy's fingertips into the back of the net.

GW tallied six shots in the contest, compared to Richmond's 11, and registered one corner kick in each half. Junior midfielder Alex Neal tallied a team-high three shots to account for all of the Colonials' shots on target as she forced Spiders' goalkeeper Andrea Young to make three saves.

Freshman Kristi Abbate tallied two shots on the day and sophomore Meg Murphy took one. Murphy set aside three shots on the afternoon in just her second career start in goal.

The Colonials welcome conference newcomer VCU on Sunday for their Alumni Day game at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Action is slated for 1 p.m.



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