BLACKSBURG, Va. — In interim head coach Leigh Cowlishaw’s debut with the Spiders, Richmond opened its season with a 1-0 win against No. 19 James Madison at Virginia Tech’s Hokie Invitational.
“Our performance was filled with intensity, effort, desire and belief,” Cowlishaw said. “We scored a wonderful goal and had another called back. JMU is a great team and this was a small step for our players to learn how to win in challenging circumstances.”
2011 leading scorer and local product Timmy Albright netted the match’s lone goal for Richmond (1-0-0) in the eighth minute with a shot to the upper right corner. Senior captain Houston Oldham and fellow sophomore Oliver Murphy set up what would ultimately become the game-winning goal for Albright.
After a second score by Albright was called back, the Spider backline together with sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Hand would take control from there. The Spiders would hold JMU scoreless for the remainder of the match to send the squad to its first win against the Dukes in 13 years.
Albright was one of five Spiders to record a shot on the night. While JMU (0-1-0) held a 12-5 advantage in the shots column, Richmond was able to create opportunities with its 4-3 edge on corner kicks.
After an impressive rookie campaign, Hand returned to the pitch with four saves to open his second year. Dukes keeper Colin Newcity secured a single stop on the evening.