Richmond Defeats Men's Soccer 3-2 In A-10 Action
Oct. 8, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Spiders scored two goals within a two minute span in the first half en route to a 3-2 win over the UMass men's soccer team on Friday night at First Market Stadium.
UMass falls to 3-6-2 overall and 0-1-2 in the Atlantic 10, while Richmond improves to 2-6-2, 1-1-1.
Richmond's two goals in the first half bolstered by a third from Steven Wolfe in the 68th minute secured the Spiders their second win of the season.
The Minutemen outshot the Spiders 12-to-3 in the second period in a comeback attempt with sophomore Ralph Pace (Boston, Va.) scoring both UMass goals.
Pace scored his first goal of the season in the 80th minute when he placed a header past UR keeper Eric Sciocchetti. He scored again in the 87th minute on a penalty kick following a Richmond foul inside the box. His shot found home inside the left post just past the diving Sciocchetti.
"We played a good second half, but dug ourselves into too deep a hole in the first half," said UMass head coach Sam Koch. "We need to play like we did in the second half for the entire game on Sunday in order to do well against George Washington."
UMass had one final chance with 10 seconds remaining following a Richmond foul. Sophomore Todd Skelton's (Manassas, Va.) kick from 30 yards was blocked out to the midfield as time expired.
Richmond took a 2-0 lead into the half time break following goals by Colin Vint and Micah Fisher. Vint's goal opened the scoring for the Spiders when the junior nailed a 25-yard shot in the 16th minute following a pass from Callum Thomas.
Fisher scored his first career goal when he found the net nearly two minutes later. Off a Richmond corner kick, Fisher collected the rebound from Steven Wolfe's blocked shot heading the ball home for a 2-0 lead.
UMass goalkeeper Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) kept Richmond from scoring its third goal of the period when he stopped a Wolfe penalty kick following a Minuteman foul inside the box.
An offsides penalty erased a second goal for Vint after he put away a rebound from a Wolfe shot which was blocked by the UMass defense.
Massachusetts returns to action on Sunday when the Minutemen face the George Washington Colonials in Washington, D.C. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. UMass returns home to the friendly confines of Rudd Field on Friday, Oct. 15, taking on A-10 foe Dayton.