WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Despite controlling the majority of the second half, the William and Mary field hockey team suffered a 1-0 setback on a late goal from instate rival Richmond on Friday night. W&M outshot UR, 12-7, on the night and held an 8-4 advantage in the second half, but the Spiders pushed across the game winner off a penalty corner with just three minutes remaining. W&M fell to 5-7, while Richmond improved to 7-5.
After Richmond took the first shot of the second half, W&M dominated the stat sheet, racking up eight shots and four penalty corners without the Spiders registering a single statistic. W&M had a sequence of three shots and two corners in the 48th and 49th minutes. The best chance of the sequence came from junior Navneet Singh, but Richmond goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski kicked Singh’s attempt from the left side off the post to stymie the chance.
Freshman Maria Pastor had a pair of quality scoring opportunites for the Tribe in the 57th and 61st minutes, but each time Zarkoski was up to the task making the save. In the 57th following a blocked Emma Clifton shot, Pastor flipped a shot toward the back post from the right side only to see Zarkowski make pad save.
After coming on with just under 13 minutes remaining, sophomore goalkeeper Meredith Savage made a nice save to keep the match scoreless. In the 63rd minute, Savage charged off her line and kicked away a shot from a charging Kelly Quinn, who sprung free down the left side.
The Spiders found the game winner with just 3:01 remaining. After generating just its second penalty corner of the game, Samantha Ostoich redirected Amy Cooke’s hard shot from the top of the area into the left-side boards for the game’s only goal. It was Ostoich’s third marker of the season.
Savage stopped a penalty shot from Richmond’s Allison Haas with just 39 seconds remaining to keep the deficit at 1-0, but the Tribe could not generate another scoring opportunity in falling to its instate rival. Savage finished with two saves in her 12:45 of action, while sophomore Cate Johnson played the opening 57:15 of the contest and stopped two Richmond shots as well. Spider goalkeeper Anna Zarkowski registered the clean sheet with five saves.
In a midfield dominated first half, the Tribe outshot the Spiders, 4-3, and generated the period’s only penalty corner. The best W&M scoring chance of the period came off the penalty corner in the 26th minute, but senior Taylor Hodge’s hard shot from the top of the circle was stopped Zarkoski.
The Tribe will face another instate rival when it travels to No. 5 Virginia on Sunday, Oct. 13. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at the Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.