WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary men’s soccer team defeated Richmond, 3-0, Saturday night from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Senior Ben Anderson netted an early first-half penalty kick score, while junior Roshan Patel and sophomore Chris Albiston recorded goals in the second-half, as the Tribe pulled away in the decisive three-goal victory. The win improves W&M’s record to 1-1-1 on the season, while the Spiders fall to 1-2 on the year.
In first-half action, W&M got on the scoreboard in the sixth minute after a Richmond defender pushed junior Chris Perez to the ground on the right inline inside the box. On the ensuing penalty kick, Anderson drilled a shot past Richmond’s sophomore Thomas Hand, who went the wrong way in anticipation. It marked Anderson’s sixth career goal and third game-winner. For the half, the College registered five shots and three corner kicks. Sophomore Bennett Jones ended the first-half registering two saves.
The Green and Gold started to distance itself from its in-state rival with a goal in the 58th minute. W&M’s second score of the evening culminated when Patel headed in a high and bending corner kick from Anderson. Albiston tacked on the Green and Gold’s last tally on the counter attack finishing inside the right post from inside the 18 off of an assist from sophomore Josh West.
For the night, the Tribe outshot the Spiders, 20-15. The College held the upper hand in shots on goal, 8-5, and corner kicks, 9-7. Jones finished the night with five saves, getting a stout performance from W&M’s backline of junior’s Will Smith and Roshan Patel along with sophomores Marcus Luster and Michael Teiman. It marked Jones’ second shutout in three games this season.
The Tribe returns to action at St. John’s on Saturday, Sept. 8, in an 8 p.m. affair against the Red Storm. Fans can follow the match online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.