Soccer to Celebrate 25th Anniversary on Saturday

Soccer to Celebrate 25th Anniversary on Saturday

RICHMOND, Va.  The University of Richmond is excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Spider women’s soccer program this Saturday evening with an alumni event to commemorate the momentous occasion. The celebration was pushed to this fall due to COVID-19 restrictions and regulations this past spring.

In its 26-year history, Richmond owns an all-time record of 214-237-41 dating back to its inaugural season in 1996. The Spiders have only had two head coaches in program history – current head coach Marty Beall and long-time head coach Peter Albright.

The Spiders have finished .500 or better in 12 seasons, and even posted a mark of .600 or better in six of those seasons. Further, Richmond went eight consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins spanning from 1997-2004.

During the span from 1997-2004, the Spiders made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and hold an overall record of 3-2 in NCAA Tournament games. Richmond won the regular season conference title as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association in 2000 with a 13-7 mark, and went on to be crowned as the Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions in 2002.

Richmond set a winning standard from the very beginning as the Spiders defeated Liberty 3-0 on the road in their inaugural game on August 30, 1996. Richmond followed that up with the program’s first-ever home game two days later in which the Spiders defeated Lehigh 4-1.

The Spiders then went on a run of four straight seasons with 13 wins that was capped off by a successful 2000 campaign which ended with the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That season, Jaclyn Raveia became the first-ever Richmond women’s soccer player to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America DI Women’s Soccer First-Team All-America honors, after being named honorable mention All-America the season prior. Brooke Sands also garnered All-America honors that season, being named to the Third-Team.

The program’s best season came in 2002 when the Spiders finished with a record of 15-6-2 that included an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and Richmond’s second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years. In the conference tournament title game, two goals and an assist by midfielder Meghan Ogilvie helped lead the third-seeded Spiders to a 3-1 victory over top-seeded University of Rhode Island in the 10th Annual A-10 Women’s Soccer Championship at Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio.

The Spiders went on that season to shut out Clemson and in-state rival James Madison in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the third round of the tournament where Richmond ultimately fell 4-0 to No. 8 Portland.

In his fourth season at the helm of the program, Beall is just the second head coach in Richmond’s 26-year history, and the Spiders are currently on pace for their best-ever finish under his direction.

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