VCU wins game two of invitational
By: Jacob Sexton
VCU hosted Seton Hall, while riding their longest winning streak since 2013. However, this win did not come easy for the Rams. Coming off of a sweep against Bowling Green, a repeat performance was expected. Seton Hall would say otherwise.
As VCU ran out to a two set lead, Seton Hall look just about done. But Seton Hall would end up winning the third set 25-23. During the third set, the Head Coach for Seton Hall, Allison Yaeger, would receive a yellow card from the head official. This would motivate the Pirates in the fourth set as they would win 25-19. With both teams having two sets a piece, it would come down to the fifth and final set. Seton Hall, still riding on the momentum of the last two sets jumped out to an 8-4 lead. Then something happened. The Rams would start to respond with kills and blocks and would rally back to win 15-9, which extends the winning streak to nine in a row. This match was an all around team effort for the Rams as they had four players with double digit kills, with Jasmin Sneed and Vicky Giommarini leading the pack with 11 each. Also an impressive game from Dajah Ard who had 31 assists in this matchup.
The Rams are now 12-2 and their next matchup is later today on September 16, as they will face off a tough opponent in Northwestern who is also boasting a nine game winning streak. Seton Hall falls to 6-6 on the season and they will also play again later today against Bowling Green.
VCU, Longwood play to a draw
By: Jason Boleman
Thursday night the VCU Women’s Soccer team closed out their non-conference schedule with a home game against the Longwood Lancers. VCU was 4-2 going into this game, coming off of a road win against UNC Greensboro, while Longwood came into Richmond with a respectable 5-3 record, but had dropped their most recent game against UMBC.
At the start VCU dominated possession, but it was Longwood that struck first with a goal in the 23’ by freshman Emily Mothersbaugh, her second goal of the season. From that point on, Longwood dominated possession throughout the half, with VCU goalie Audrey Sanderson making highlight-reel worthy saves to preserve the deficit.
VCU got on the board in the second half with a goal in the 63’ by redshirt sophomore Tori Browne, her second of the season. Browne capitalized on a rise in intensity by the Rams and was able to score on a VCU breakaway. From then on, both teams played spirited defense, with many well defended breakaways and close shots by both teams. In the end, the defensive struggle lasted through both extra time periods, as despite a fast pace in extra time neither team was able to get on the board after Browne’s goal.
The draw ends a three-game home winning streak for the VCU Rams (4-2-1), as they now look to begin the A10 conference schedule at Sports Backers Stadium on September 21st against Dayton. Longwood (5-3-1) faces their first in conference opponent on September 23rd when they face High Point.