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.
VCU Field Hockey falls again
By: Brad Lofton
VCU field hockey came into their game with a 8-2 record and looking to rebound after picking up their second loss of the season. Appalachian State was coming in as big underdogs with a record of 3-7.
Appalachian State started out fast with the first shot of the game a minute in the first period that went far right. The game then slowed down for the next 10 minutes with the ball going back and forth with no team having the advantage at all. VCU was able to get a few nice shots on goal that just missed. Losing strong opportunities to pull away in the game. Which Appalachian State was able to respond to put the first points up on the board with 15 minutes left in the first half that gave them momentum for the rest of the half. Appalachian continued to attack with some good shots on goal, but the half ended with a score of 1-0.
VCU came in the second half looking to comeback from their disappointing first half. That is exactly what they did scoring to tie it up 7 minutes into the second half. It was one of 3 corner opportunities that they had in a four minute span. This goal gave the Rams an incredible amount of confidence that led to multiple opportunities to come out on top. However, Appalachian State stood strong against the Rams momentum to go into overtime at 1-1 a piece. Appalachian State was able to find a way and finish the Rams off and win 2-1 in a thriller that handed the Rams their second straight lost. VCU is now 8-3 on the season and Appalachian State improves to 4-7.
Hawks get the best of the Rams
By: Jacob Sexton
In a battle of two teams from the A-10, the VCU Rams and the St. Joseph Hawks would play on a great sunny Friday.
Despite the Rams leading in shots on goal 16-8, they would fall to the Hawks 4-0. Twelve of those shots would come from Emily McNamara, including six of them being on target.
Before the half, Spencer Tossone had three shots back-to-back-to-back on goal, but none of them went in. At halftime, the score was 2-0 in favor of the Hawks.
In the second half, the Hawks would go up 3-0 when Quinn Maguire tipped a shot in from Katherin Bentz. Maguire again would score in the 59th minute bringing the lead up to 4-0.
McNamara would have three more shot attempts before the game saw its conclusion. However, none made it in the net. VCU would fall to 8-2 on the season while St. Joseph’s improved to 9-2.
VCU Volleyball extends win streak to 12
VCU volleyball came into their second conference matchup against Fordham University with a record of 14-2 and on a hot streak of winning 11 games. This was a highly anticipated match up to see if Fordham could stop VCU’s historic winning streak and give them the first lost at there home arena.
Both teams looked ready heading into the first set. VCU took the first point of the set. However, Fordham came back to tie it up with VCU at 7-7. Until VCU was able to take a small lead in the first set at 10-7. VCU was able to stretch their lead and make it 17-12 giving the Rams big enough lead that they would not give up. They rolled for a 25-22 win in the first set.
VCU felt confident after a first set win. However, it got them in trouble for the second set. Fordham gained a 9-5 point lead which forced VCU head coach Jody Rogers to take a timeout to get the Rams regrouped again. Rogers timeout was well timed as the team came out better than ever shrinking Fordham’s lead to 21-20, being down only by one. Fordham head coach Gini Ullery-Shrift took a big time out to see if they can stop the Rams momentum. VCU took the lead at 23-22 after being down for the majority of the set and eventually took the set entirely at 26-24 in a dramatic comeback finish. This gave the Rams a 2-0 advantage heading into the third set.
Heading into the third set the Rams looked to get ahead fast with the momentum they got from the second set and surely enough they did that. Opening the lead to 10-7. The Rams then took their biggest lead of the entire game at 17-10. VCU then easily took home the victory by winning the third set and the match 25-16.
This win keeps the Rams perfect at there home arena and brings there total record to 15-2, while pushing their win streak to 12. They will looking to make that 13 when they play at Davidson Sept.30
VCU Volleyball Wins 11th in a Row, Defeats Rhode Island 3-0
By: Jason Boleman
VCU Volleyball won its 11th consecutive match Friday night at the Siegel Center, defeating the University of Rhode Island three sets to none (25-18, 25-21, 25-18). The 11 match win streak, in which VCU has only lost seven sets, is the program’s longest since 1985.
One strength that VCU had was near the net, as the team totaled twice as many blocks as URI. Senior Alica Kandler, who came into the match with a team-leading 169.5 points, led VCU in points with 14 as VCU had five of the top six scorers of the match. Junior Tori Baldwin and sophomore Gina Tuzzolo led VCU with eight and six blocks respectively, which outpaced the next three closest players in the match, which shows what a critical edge VCU gained with blocking. Rhode Island kept the match close in the second and third sets, even forcing VCU to take timeouts due to deficits and URI runs, but in the end VCU found ways to build momentum and pull away towards the end of sets.
For both teams, this was the first match in their A-10 schedules. VCU (14-2) next plays at home Sunday, September 24th against Fordham. URI (5-8) stays on the road this weekend, facing Davidson on Sunday, September 24th.
VCU GOES RAM OVER LIU BROOKLYN WITH 9-1 VICTORY
By: Sravan Gannavarapu
Blowouts are typically not associated with field hockey, but what took place between the VCU Rams and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at Cary Street Field in Richmond was just that. The Rams went full force on the birds with a 9-1 victory on September, 17th.
Early in the game both goalies were holding their own, but early in the first period, the Rams sprinted off the line and never looked back. Star forward Emily McNamara took matters into her own hands and just blasted a shot into the net for a quick 1-0 lead and before the Blackbirds had an opportunity to catch their breath, freshman Svea Sturm slapped another shot in to make it 2-0. Sturm didn’t waste a single minute slapping in another one shortly afterward to make it 3-0 with her 2nd of the match. The Blackbirds were clearly outmatched and before they could blink again Jamee Albright joined the party and tacked on a goal to make it 4-0 with 16:37 to go in the first period. The Rams didn’t show any mercy as Maite Sturm, the young freshman midfielder made a name for herself by scoring a goal that made it 5-0. McNamara however, decided she needed another goal before the half to make it 6-0 VCU at the end of the half.
By that time, the athletics department had thrown many t-shirts to the fans for each goal scored and people wondered just how many more could these ladies score. It didn’t take long in the second period for the onslaught to continue. Sturm struck for the third time and McNamara decided that she needed a hat-trick as well and made it 8-0 VCU. Junior forward Colleen Rogers then slapped the final goal in for VCU to make it 9-0 and the Blackbirds hit a last second shot to avoid a shutout. The final score of the game was 9-1 VCU but it easily could have been more for the Rams.
The win improved VCU’s record to 6-1 on the season and the LIU Brooklyn dropped to 0-8 on the season.