Three Different Lady Monarchs Score to top Richmond, 3-2
RICHMOND, VA (October 15) -- Three different Lady Monarchs scored first-half goals to lead Old Dominion to a 3-2 victory over CAA-rival Richmond. With the win, Old Dominion moves to 7-6-0 overall, 2-4-0 in the CAA as Richmond falls to 8-7-1 overall, 0-4-0 in the CAA.
In perhaps the most important CAA game of the season for Old Dominion, the Spiders jumped out on top in the 19th minute as defender Nicole Froman scored on a through ball from Courtney Morgan. The Lady Monarchs stormed back, scoring just over a minute later as sophomore midfielder Sarah Hirst (Virginia Beach, VA) landed her second goal of the season from ten yards out on an Anna Gruzalski (Oak Ridge, TN) assist.
Richmond then took a 2-1 lead in the 22nd minute of play as forward Kirsi Cronk blasted the ball in off the far post on assists by Jaclyn Raviea and Courtney Ficken. In the 31st minute, Gruzalski landed her first strike of the season, firing in a loose ball in the box.
With the game knotted at two, senior midfielder Nicky Koclanes (Pelham, NY) netted her first goal in two seasons off a Lauren Rafal (Virginia Beach, VA) assist, in what proved to be the game-winner for the Lady Monarchs.
In the second-half neither team was able to score, though Richmond launched eight shots on goal. For the game, sophomore keeper Tonya Dedmond (North Potomac, MD) had seven saves for the Lady Monarchs, who were outshot for only the second time this season, 19-11.
The win is the second in a row for Old Dominion after dropping three straight and falling to 0-4 in the CAA. The team returns to action on Sunday as it travels to Pennsylvania to take on the University of Pittsburgh at 1:00 pm.
SCORING SUMMARY ODU 3-2=3 UR 2-0=2 UR 18:07 Nicole Froman from Courtney Morgan ODU 19:29 Sarah Hirst from Anna Gruzalski UR 21:39 Kirsi Cronk from Jaclyn Raveia and Courtney Ficken ODU 30:31 Anna Gruzalski unassisted ODU 39:06 Nicky Koclanes from Lauren Rafal SHOTS ON GOAL: ODU (11), UR (19) CORNERS: ODU (4), UR (5) GOAL SAVES: ODU-Dedmond (7), UR?Samuhel (3) FOULS: ODU (13), UR (9)