RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 15, 2013 – A penalty stroke proved the difference in James Madison’s 1-0 loss at Richmond on Sunday afternoon.
The Dukes fell to 3-3 on the season, and the Spiders improved to 2-4.
At the 18:41 mark of the first half, Richmond’s Amy Cooke was awarded a penalty stroke following a wide shot attempt by the Spiders. Cooke converted for Richmond as senior goalkeeper Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) did not get her glove on it.
Tarafas took the loss after giving up the goal and committing two saves. Richmond’s Anna Zarkoski earned the shutout victory after tallying five saves. Four of Zarkoski’s saves came in the second half.
JMU outshot Richmond 12-7 (7-3 in the second half), including four from redshirt sophomore Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) and three from sophomore Loes Stijntjes (Steenokkerzeel, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege), who also had a defensive save on the day. The Dukes also earned six corners on the day while the Spiders were awarded zero corners.
The Dukes return to the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Wednesday, September 18, for a 7 p.m. match against VCU. The midweek game will be broadcast on MadiZONE HD SportsNet, presented by the JMU Alumni Association, free of charge.