WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's soccer team will host the Richmond Spiders on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. W&M enters the affair with a record of 0-1-1, while the Spiders come to Williamsburg with a record of 1-1. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video and stats.
Scouting the Tribe
The College opened the 2012 season last weekend, playing two matches in the VCU Nike Invitational. In its first match against Butler, W&M generated multiple scoring opportunities but played the Bulldogs to a scoreless draw. The Tribe concluded play in the invitational dropping a 2-0 decision to tournament host VCU. For the year, the Green and Gold has outshot the opposition, 35-29. In only his second career start, sophomore keeper Bennett Jones was impressive against Butler. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native registered seven saves in 110 minutes of action versus the Bulldogs.
Scouting the Spiders
The Spiders come to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field carrying a record of 1-1 for the year. In its last outing, Richmond fell at Virginia Tech, 1-0. UR opened the season defeating No. 19 James Madison, 1-0. Sophomore Timmy Albright netted the Spider's lone goal in the eighth minute in the victory over the Dukes. Richmond returns eight starters and 21 letterwinners from last season's squad that posted a 5-12-1 ledger.
News and Notes
- Since the schools first met on the pitch in 1975, the College owns a 22-3-3 series edge against the Spiders. In its last meeting in 2009, W&M defeated Richmond, 7-0, in Williamsburg. In the 28 matches contested, the Tribe owns an aggregate advantage of 98-16 over the Spiders.
- Through its first two matches, the Green and Gold have generated thirty shots with 12 coming on frame. Individually, sophomore Chris Albiston leads the Tribe with seven shots. Juniors Roshan Patel and Chris Perez along with sophomore Marcus Luster have each accounted for five shots.
- In its next contest, W&M will travel to St. John's on Saturday, Sept. 8, for an 8 p.m. affair with the Red Storm. The Tribe will look to return the favor in Queens , N.Y., as SJU claimed a, 3-0, victory last season in Williamsburg.
- As voted on by the league coaches, W&M was picked to finish fourth this season in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe, who received 69 points in the voting process, was tabbed to finish behind Delaware, James Madison and preseason favorite Old Dominion.
- Prior to the start of the 2012 season, three W&M players earned All-CAA preseason accolades. Junior Will Smith garnered first-team accolades, while classmate Roshan Patel and sophomore Michael Teiman were selected as honorable mention honorees.