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Richmond Holds off Lady Flames, 1-0

September 11, 2011
|  Richmond, Va.
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Liberty defender Heather Bentley

Looking to string together back-to-back wins, the Liberty women's soccer team stepped onto Robins Field, Sunday evening, to take on Richmond. Riding the momentum of a 2-0 win over No. 21 William & Mary on Thursday, the Spiders netted a goal in the first half and held off the Liberty attack en route to the 1-0 win.

With the loss, the Lady Flames fall to 1-3-1 on the season, while Richmond improves to 3-3-2.

The Spiders came out firing in the contest, but did not ignite the scoreboard until the 24th minute. Following a Richmond corner kick, a pass was sent into the box to Jensen Smith. The forward belted a shot from the left side into the right corner of the net for the game's lone goal.

Despite being outshout 17-1 in the period, the Liberty defense prevented the Spiders from upping the ante in the remainder of the first half. Lady Flames' goalkeeper Karen Blocker concluded the opening stanza with six saves.

Looking for the equalizer in the second half, the Lady Flames had a chance to knot the contest in the 76th minute. Laura Nyholt lined up for the penalty kick, but missed the mark, keeping the Lady Flames scoreless. Midfielder Alanna Dunkle attempted Liberty's final shot in the 86th minute, but the attempt sailed wide, allowing the Spiders to hang on for the 1-0 victory.

Richmond outshot Liberty 28-7 in the contest and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Melissa Pacheco played the entire 90 minutes in the net for the Spiders, making three saves. Blocker also played the full 90 minutes in goal and finished the contest with 11 saves, her most stops since posting 11 against High Point on Oct. 17, 2009.

Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium this Friday, to play host to South Carolina State. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start and is part of a doubleheader that also features the Liberty men's soccer team against Howard at 4 p.m.