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Women’s Soccer vs UMass

By: Jack Laudano

The VCU Women’s Soccer team faced the UMass Minutewomen in a conference match Sunday at Sports Backers stadium. The Rams came out hot and had multiple shots in the first 30 minutes but none of them found their way into the net. Sophomore Amanda Tredway had a great chance with 5 minutes left in the half. She found herself one on one with the keeper after a great pass from senior Amanda Hallesjo, but Tredway’s shot was just wide of the net.

At the half, the Rams had 10 shots compared to 2 shots attempted by UMass.

The Second half started with strong play from the Minutewomen. UMass conceded a free kick outside of their penalty box that was taken for a shot by Tori Browne but sailed just wide. In the 64th minute the Rams had another great chance at goal after UMass’ keeper Babin deflected a shot to Tredway whose shot sailed over the goal. In the 73rd minute, sophomore Alyssa Tallent found herself in a shot opportunity and had the keeper beat, but the ball rolled off of the goalpost to keep the match at 0-0.

In the 87th minute UMass was awarded a corner kick that was deflected up by a VCU defender, but followed by what appeared to be a UMass goal, but the referee had found the shooter offside. The match began to wind down as extra time began to seem imminent. Sophomore Ingrid Brouwer took one last shot at goal which sailed wide left, and regulation time had come to an end with both teams still deadlocked at 0-0.

As the first of two 10-minute halves kicked off, both sides went back and forth with chances on goal but nothing was finding it’s way into goal for either team. VCU was then awarded a free kick again outside of the box for UMass, which the Minutewomen promptly cleared. The reams kept battling downfield and creating chances on goal, but again could not find the shot they needed. The half came to an end with both teams unable to find the net.

As the second half of extra time started, both teams looked energized and motivated to come out with a win. The Rams had multiple chances on goal that all found their way over the net, but they would not give up. The VCU keeper Sanderson had a great save in the last minutes of extra time to preserve the draw, and the match came to a close. The final score was 0-0 and the Rams’ next match is Thursday October 5th at home against St. Josephs’s.

Volleyball Extends Win Streak to Eight Games, Defeats Bowling Green 3-0

By: Jason Boleman

VCU’s Volleyball Team kept its winning streak alive and kicked off the VCU Invitational with a dominant win over Bowling Green in 3 straight sets.

The match was never in doubt, as VCU won each set 25-15, 25-12, and 25-16. Alicia Kandler led the Rams with 12 kills during the match. VCU held near wire-to-wire leads in all three sets, only losing the lead one time in the second set.

Both teams look to find victories in their next games Saturday at the Siegel Center as the VCU Invitational continues on. VCU (11-2) looks to continue their winning streak against Seton Hall and Northwestern, at 1pm and 7pm respectively. Bowling Green looks to rebound in their remaining tournament games before moving on to their conference schedule.

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. Saint Francis

VCU Men’s Soccer Earns Big Win Over St. Joe’s

By: Jack Laudano

The VCU men’s soccer team went into their match against St. Francis looking to gain their first win. The side looked energetic compared to their counterparts at first, but a 17th minute shot by St. Francis mid-fielder Lucas Cannineu found its way bending over VCU’s goalkeeper Mario Sequeira.

The rams responded in the 22nd minute after they were awarded a free-kick right outside of the penalty box. Rafael Santos crossed the ball into defender Zeron Sewell whose header found its way into the corner of St. Francis’ net. At the half the match was tied.

In the next half, both sides played hard but one VCU handball led to a 62nd minute penalty goal by St. Francis’ Kaelon Fox. The Rams didn’t give up there, in the 71st minute the St. Francis defense gave up a penalty and VCU midfielder Rafael Santos converted it for a goal. Quickly after the restart, VCU forward Luc Fatton created a breakaway and blasted the ball past St. Francis’ keeper Rojas.

The Rams held their lead for the rest of the match from excellent defense and outstanding goalkeeper play by Sequeira. The Rams earned their first win and have a record of 1-2-0. Their next match is at Florida Gulf Coast on September 10th.

Washington Redskins Training Camp, July 31st 2017

Washington Redskins Training Camp, July 31, 2017
By: Jacob Sexton

Day four of the Washington Redskins Training Camp started out with fans still waiting in line hours prior to admittance at 9:30 in the morning. From new fans to season ticket holders, the line was as long as it was at the first day of the training camp. The morning walkthrough started promptly at 10:30 a.m.

During what seemed like an average morning walkthrough, the Washington Redskins caught the eyes of fans when the team was doing boxing workouts near the field. Multiple players were bobbing and weaving from punches, as well as throwing punches into the punching mitts that another player would hold up. Head Coach Jay Gruden was asked about this training method before the afternoon practice.

“Yeah, Chad [Englehart] and Coach [Jim] Tomsula really brought that to us… and said it would be good for them- good for their stamina, good for using their legs and coming out with their hips,” Coach Gruden stated at the podium.

After the walkthrough, Terrelle Pryor Sr. would go to the podium in which he was asked about his focus and personal expectations for the upcoming season.

“I really want to keep on getting better at staying closer to the defender and not leaving space, because then leaving space kind of gives the corner an opportunity to guess and judge what your route is going to be and also gives them a chance to push you to the sideline.”

Pryor Sr. also addressed that he strives to be the best all-round person that he can be, whether it is being a player, father or teammate. He would also state that his transition from quarterback to receiver was not easy to achieve. That he had to invest countless hours with his trainer, Tim Cortazzo on running routes and learn how to control his body when running his routes.

When Pryor Sr. was asked on what attracted him to Head Coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins, he stated that Coach Gruden was “funny as hell” and that he heard that Coach Gruden was one of the best coaches to play for. On the other hand with Cousins, Pryor Sr. thinks that he’s an “exceptional quarterback” and that he was always a fan of him.

Plenty of fans are looking forward to seeing Pryor Sr. benefit the Washington Redskins receiving corps this year. Season ticket holder and lifetime fan, Mike Ritt believes that Pryor will flourish with the Redskins offense.

“I look for Terrelle Pryor to have a breakout season,” Ritt said.
While this is Ritt’s first year being a season ticket holder, he has been going to Redskins games since he was around the age of nine or ten.
“My great uncle was an usher at RFK [Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium] ). I used to go up with him and that was back in the day when the players didn’t have a gate where they parked, they parked in the parking lot. To get in with them is probably my best memories as far as growing up going to these games and that’s what I’m trying to instill in my kids. Just to come out here and have fun. These players are just as human as we are.”

With the same enthusiasm fans have over seeing their team within walking distance, Washington fans are very hopeful for their team’s record heading into this season.

“No more than five losses. Probably about three losses,” says a season ticket holder that goes by B. Boi Jettson.

Jettson has been to all the training camp events since they have started. He was out early in the VIP section of the training camp with his Redskins roundtable along with some merchandise with signatures on them.

Jettson mentioned that he has a NFL Elite jersey collection which is currently at nine.

“It kind of makes me mad when I see these people with fake jerseys on. I got them all signed except for Jordan Reed, waiting on him.”
Jettson’s favorite memory of attending training camp was when asked for Junior Galette’s signature while wearing the linebacker’s NFL Elite jersey.

“He was real appreciative that I got his Elite jersey… so he signed it for me and he asked me if I wanted a picture. I wasn’t even thinking about a picture, I was just happy that he signed it and he gave the picture and said that I was showing mad love.”

Though the attention up to this point in the Washington offseason has primarily been on the offensive side of the ball, the defense was stout against the offense for most of the afternoon practice.
The defensive line, led by first round draft pick, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen pressured Cousins to the point in which he sometimes overthrew his receivers and even threw an interception to cornerback Josh Norman. The offense had its signs of hope against the stout defense as when Kirk Cousins was able to find tight end Niles Paul in the End Zone.

The defensive fever even passed on to the second team in which cornerback Kendall Fuller managed to intercept the ball from quarterback Colt McCoy.

“Camp today was very competitive. Defensively, as linebacker we have to clean a few things up, but overall, we’re running pretty well,” linebacker Zach Virgil said.

Though the second defensive team was playing as well as the first defensive team, the backup offensive also had their moments as well.

Rookie wide receiver from Old Dominion, Zach Pascel was able to speed his way through two defenders after catching the ball. Pascel believes that training camp has been going great for him as he wants to make an impact on the football team any way he can. Pascel is from Prince George, Maryland.
“I’m a local kid, so I’m playing at home and feels great to have this local support here.”

As it’s still early in the training camp activities for the Washington Redskins, one thing is for certain: training camp will be an event to look out for if you’re in the City of Richmond.

Day 1 of the 2017 Washington Redskins Training Camp

By: Jacob Sexton

The 2017 Washington Redskins Training Camp kicked off with fans being outside the camp as early as 4 in the morning. Fans were finally able to enter the training camp at 9:30 this morning and the players took the field at 10:25 a.m.

While the team was warming up, players such as safety Will Blackmon and wide receiver Jamison Crowder were interacting with fans. The first play to kick off the camp was a simple run play as quarterback, Kirk Cousin handed off the ball to running back, Robert Kelly.

There were a few different storylines that surrounded the kickoff of this year’s training camp such as the Kirk Cousins’ contract debate, as well as four players starting training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP List).

​Robert Sipos, another Washington Redskins fan and a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University is tired of the situation and hopes that Cousins resigns with the Redskins. Regarding to the PUP list, he believes that they are all minor injuries.

“I think most of them have minor injuries. I’m not too worried about everyone.”
​The four players that are on the PUP list at the start of training camp is linebacker Houston Bates, safety DeAngelo Hall, tight end Jordan Reed and wide receiver Kendal Thompson.
“On paper, we’re stacked. It’s just a matter of staying healthy,” Hampton native, Cory Shively said.

(From left to right: Cameron Stowers, Adonis Stowers, Kaiden Stowers and Cory Shiverly)

On the topic of quarterback Kirk Cousins’ contract negotiations, Shiverly doesn’t blame either party.
​“It’s a business. Bruce (Allen, Redskins President) could have worked a little bit harder at it, but it’s a business. I don’t blame Kirk either… been consistent every year, but he has to win the big game,” Shiverly stated.
​As the morning practice went on, more plays were being made by the defense such as defensive lineman, Stacy McGee intercepted Kirk Cousins and more runs were being produced by Rob Kelly. As more players were making breakout plays, fans were discussing on who is going to be this years’ breakout player.
​Sipos and Shiverly both say that backup running back Samaje Perine is going to have a breakout year if he gets enough carries.

Terri Russell, a fan that has attended the Redskins training camp for the last 27 years believe that long snapper Nick Sundberg is going to have a great year.
​“Well I love Kirk Cousins naturally. I also love Ryan Kerrigan. But Nick Sundburg is my friend, so I love him. He’s cute. He always does a selfie with me every year at training camp.”

(Terri Russell taking pictures of players with her Sony camera.)

Russell, a longtime Redskins fan has her share of experiences with training camp.
“Well, I been coming to training camp for 27 years. My son was three when I started coming and Brad Edwards and Kurt Gouveia took him back in the locker room… both Jeff Bostic and Kurt Gouveia both gave him jerseys. So it was a lot of fun way back in the day. Now it’s not quite as close.”
Longtime Washington Redskins fan, Jason Scott says that every year of training camp is a memory.
“I’ve been going to training camp for five years now. It’s beautiful to see them here in Richmond,” Scott said.
As the practice went on, fans were attracted to how tall their newest Wide Receiver, Terrelle Pryor Sr. is. Before Pryor Sr. signed with the Redskins, he came from a breakout year in Cleveland after converting from being a Quarterback to a full time Wide Receiver.
​“He’s a young, long guy. I didn’t realize that he was that big until I got here,” Scott said.

The very last play of the morning practice was a trick play in which the wide receiver, which was Pryor Sr., throws the ball downfield to another wide receiver. The pass was broken up by the safety however but that play caught the fans attention.
​After the failed trick play, players would go to the sidelines to chat with the fans and sign whatever was handed to the players.