By: Adam Cheek
The VCU women’s soccer team edged the Rhode Island Rams Thursday night, scoring first and having the last word in two overtimes to add a win to their season record. Sophomore forward Niki Malancone and freshman midfielder Lyndsey Gutzmer notched goals for the Black and Gold, with Malancone putting VCU ahead and on the board first in the opening period. Gutzmer’s goal in the second overtime won the game for the VCU Rams, helping the Black and Gold win their ninth game of the season.
Only one shot was attempted on junior goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson, who, although allowing that shot past, was pressure-free the rest of the game, as the VCU offense kept the ball at the other end of the field. With only one game remaining, VCU sits at a 9-4-3 record, hoping to reach double-digit wins at La Salle on Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m.
This weekend the 7-4-3 VCU Rams took on the 1-13-3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies. If I had to describe this game in one word it would “Dominance”. Two minutes in and the Rams drew first blood. A hand ball inside the box gave the Rams a penalty opportunity which Senior Megan Dell converted for the first score of the game. It only took one minute for the Rams to score their second goal. A long cross from VCU’s Amanda Hallesjo, lack of communication between the Bonnie defenders, and an opportunistic Lyndsey Gutzmer led to VCU’s second score. These two early goals would set the tone for the rest of the game. The Rams dominated possession for the rest of the half which resulted in 15 total shots, 5 shots on goal and 4 corners for the Rams as oppose to zero opportunities for the Bonnies. The second half, although not as dominant as the first, was still controlled by the Rams. Probably the goal of the match occurred in 61st minute buy the Ram’s Samantha Jerabek. From 30 yards out, Jerabek shot a beautiful arcing shot that hit the upper right 90. This was Jerabek’s first goal of her collegiate career. VCU’s final goal came in the 73rd minute by sophomore Julia Suarez who connected on another cross to find the back of the net. But seconds later the Rams where caught off guard which led to the Bonnies first and only score of the game. For 90 minutes the Rams kept constant pressure on the Bonnies. They dominated possession by controlling the midfield which led to relentless attacks from the wings which led to a 4-1 win. The Rams improved to 8-4-3 on the season with 4-2-2 in the conference. VCU continues conference play this Thursday October 19 when they face the University of Rhode Island at home.
Tar Heels too much for the Rams
By Daquan Lee:
In one of their toughest contest of the year the ladies of VCU had to face of against the Tarheels of UNC. The Rams were riding high coming a two game winning streak, all that came to a halt when faced against the fierce competitors of UNC. The match started out in the Rams favor with strong stick play and aggressiveness, even getting the first shot on goal. Things took a turn for the worst once UNC was able to draw first blood on the scoreboard after a penalty shot, and as the game went on UNC capitalized off every penalty shot with a score to take a 4-0 lead. The lady rams were not deterred as they still put up a strong effort to try to make a miraculous comeback unfortunately they were only able to score but once late in the second period. Even with the loss the Rams still look to be a formidable foe for future opponents as they have two A-10 opponents on the horizon they should take this opportunity to reflect and get back in the groove they had coming in
By: Ben Malakoff
The Rams volleyball team was looking for their nation leading 16th straight victory at home this past sunday against La Salle. The first set went back and forth with both teams trading points. However, about halfway through, VCU went up quickly 14-9. When the score hit 19-14, in VCU’s favor, La Salle took a timeout. The Rams ended up taking the set 25-15, hitting .364%. During the second set, the kills kept coming for VCU going up a quick 12-6. 2 kills later for the rams, La Salle took another timeout. VCU ended up winning the set 25-17 and taking a quick 2-0 lead in the match. Vicky Giommarini already had 10 kills. After the break, La Salle comes out firing, taking a quick 8-4 lead. However, the rams were not going to give up their strong start., retaking the lead 12-11. After trading points back and forth, VCU took control and won the set 25-19 and taking the match 3-0. Giommarini led her team with 12 kills. The Rams had a .307 kill percentage and improved their record to 19-2 and 5-0 in the A10. La Salle moved to 10-11 and 1-5 in the A10. The Rams look to continue their winning streak against George Washington this friday at 7.
And the Streak continues!
By: Adrian Teran
The VCU Women’s Volleyball team defeated the Duquesne Dukes this Friday night at home at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Rams have now won 15 straight games, four of those being Conference games. They won this match 3-0, making it their 10th sweep of this winning streak. Led by sophomore, Gina Tuzzolo, who led the team with 11 kills, the Rams took an early lead in the first set and dominated in a 25-17 win. The next two sets did not come as easy for the Rams. After a slow start, they found themselves down 4-8 in the second set, but eventually came back to take a 15-12 lead. Stellar defensive play from both sides resulted in a close back and forth. Led by senior libero Rebekah Strange, VCU eventually took control of the set and won it 25-21. The third and final set was even closer. With another slow start, the Rams found themselves down 6-11. After some sloppy play from the Dukes, VCU fought their way back and tied the set up at 15-15. Both sides played hard and the Rams found themselves down 23-22. But VCU kept their cool and their discipline and senior Rebekah Strange ended the game with a service ace. The third set went to the Rams 25-23. The Sophomore combo of Gina Tuzzolo and Vicky Giommarini led the team with a combined 21 kills and Senior Rebekah Strange had a game high 10 digs. The Dukes really made the Rams work for this win, forcing them to crawl and fight their way back in final two sets. Congratulations to Coach Jody Rogers who also recorded her 500th career win. VCU Rams are now 18-2 for the season and 4-0 in their conference. The Rams look to add to the nation’s longest win streak this Sunday as they continue conference play. They will face the La Salle Explorers October 8 at home at 1pm.
Rams shut out the Hawks
By: Ben Malakoff
The women’s soccer team came out at sports backers stadium with lots of energy this past thursday to take on St. Joseph’s. The rams started with a lot of early chances but continued to miss the net. The momentum felt a brief shift with an abrupt corner kick for St. Joseph’s. As the game progressed, the goalies, Sanderson for the Rams and Bendon for St. Joseph’s, were the most valuable players. Perhaps the best opportunity for St. Josephs came in the final seconds of the half where a shot went just a bit high of the net. At the half, the score remained 0-0. Near the 60th minute the crowd became lively. VCU started on an offensive push while St. Joseph’s was forced to push back. However, after more strong defense, the score remained 0-0. In the 77th minute, Alyssa Tallent took control for the Rams and finding the back of the net. Her third goal of the season put VCU up 1-0 with 13 minutes left in the match. The strike was assisted by Lyndsey Gutzmer. Afterwards, it was all VCU. St. Josephs could not bring the ball to the net and Audrey Sanderson was able to reward her team with a shutout. The Rams improved to 6-3-3 and St. Joseph’s moved on to 6-5-2.