VCU Shut Out Against Marshall

Richmond, Va., – Following their four-goal performance Friday night, the VCU women’s soccer team was not able to post a goal in today’s game against the Marshall Thundering Herd as the Herd defeated the Rams 1-0. The win for Marshall was their first victory of the year and the loss for VCU was their first this season.

Both teams had multiple opportunities to score throughout the game as both teams took a combined 30 shots, VCU with 15 and Marshall with 15. Marshall was able to get a multiple opportunities to score from corner kicks as they had eight in the game, six of them in the first half. One of those corners at the 19th minute led to a goal as forward, Ashley Meltzer, was able to convert with a header assisted from Erin Simmons, which ultimately gave the Thundering Herd the victory.

VCU Freshman forward, Julia Suarez, had showed flashes of potential in the game taking seven shots, three on goal, but was unable to get the ball past Marshall goalie, Lizzie Kish.

VCU falls to 1-1 this season and Marshall improved to 1-1 this season. VCU’s women’s soccer team returns to action this Friday when they play the College of Charleston Cougars this Friday at 5:00.

VCU Goals
None

Marshall Goals
Ashley Seltzer (1) 18:40 (Assist from Erin Simmons)

VCU Saves
Emma Kruse: 7, 1 Goal Allowed

Marshall Saves
Lizzie Kish: 3

VCU Shut Down against NC State

Defense reigned supreme in today’s men’s soccer exhibition between the VCU Rams and North Carolina State Wolfpack as both teams fought for 90 minutes for a goal. NC State midfielder, Zach Knudson, scored the only goal of the match at the 29th minute to give the Wolfpack the lead and the victory 1-0.

The goal by Knudson was unassisted as he was able to capitalize off of a scramble after VCU goalkeeper, Garrett Cyprus, made a save and the ball was loose behind him.

VCU opens the regular season Friday, August 28 when they host #25 Akron Zips at 7:30 pm at Sportsbackers Stadium.

VCU Goals
None

NC State Goals
Zach Knudson (unassisted)

VCU Saves
Garrett Cyprus: 4
Pierre Gardan: 1

NC State Saves
Alex McCauley: 2
Boo Davis: 1

VCU Rolls Through the Monarchs

Richmond, Va., – The VCU Rams Women’s Soccer team kicked off the season defeating in-state rival Old Dominion Monarchs 4-2 in their home opener. Four different Rams got their first goal of the season, three of the players being underclassmen.

Sophomore Megan Dell scored the first goal of the game unassisted at the 15th minute. The Monarchs did not score until the 58th minute when Kathryn Hill scored off of a free kick assisted from Madison Hogan. VCU then went on to score three more goals to pull away from Old Dominion capped off with a laser from 30 yards by freshman Kelly Graves.

The VCU Women’s Soccer team returns to action this Sunday when they host the Marshall Thundering Herd at 1:00.

VCU Goals
Megan Dell (1), 15:38, (Unassisted)
Sharon Wojcik (1), 63:18, (Penalty Kick)
Maddi Santo (1), 78:14, (Assist from Kelly Graves)
Kelly Graves (1), 83:18, (Unassisted)

ODU Goals
Kathryn Hill (1), 58:16, (Assist from Madison Hogan)
Kira Laurento (1), 86:26, (Assist from Melanie Oakes)

Redskins Training Camp: Junior Galette Transition

Junior Galette Speaking to the Media
Junior Galette speaking to the media

Transitioning from one place to another within a three week period is tough for most people, but for Redskins linebacker, Junior Galette, the transition has been relatively smooth for him.

On July 24, Junior Galette was cut from the New Orleans Saints after having some troubles off the field. On July 31, Galette signed with the Washington Redskins. Since being signed, Galette has been welcomed with open arms from his new teammates and from people in the front office. Since signing with the Redskins a little more the two weeks ago, Galette’s relationship with everyone has gotten stronger after hitting it off with his teammates.

“We gelled immediately,” Galette said. “The first night I came here to visit with Scot [McCloughan], guys from the team gathered around me. Jason Hatcher and the entire defensive line rallied around me. A lot of us have similar personalities and like to joke around, but we all know when to get serious.”

The 27-year-old linebacker also had nothing but praise for the coaches and the guys in the front office saying that it has amazing to get the opportunity to work with them.

“I had a great coach in Rob Ryan,” Galette said. “I knew what it felt like to have a guy that will always support you. Other than him, I never had anyone else to rally behind me. Joe [Barry] and everyone here from the general manager to the owner has been extremely supportive. That is an amazing feeling to know that you are going through a tough time in your life but you have the support of these people.”

Four Downs from Washington’s Preseason Opener

Last night, the Washington Redskins defeated the Cleveland Browns 20-17 which was both teams’ preseason debuts. Redskins QB, Robert Griffin III only played two series and led his team to only three points on this second series. Even in victory, the Redskins lost a key contributor this season in tight end Niles Paul who is done for the season.

Here are four takeaways from yesterday’s game.

1st down – Chris Cooley might be an option for Washington: Tight end, Niles Paul, is out for season due to a fractured ankle. This happens just days after Paul was listed as the starting tight end for the Redskins. With Paul out, alongside another fellow tight end, Logan Paulsen who is out with a toe injury, the Redskins are down to Jordan Reed, Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon, and Devin Mahina. Reed has not been the most reliable tight end as he has been injury prone throughout his career. The latter three tight ends have no regular season experience. This might warrant a call to former Redskins tight end, Chris Cooley. The 33-year-old, Cooley, has not played football since 2012.

2nd down – Kirk Cousins can still play: In yesterday’s game against Cleveland, Redskins QB, Kirk Cousins, was 12-14 throwing and threw for 154 yards. Cousins was able to use the read option to get himself a four-yard touchdown. Even though he played did not play against Cleveland’s starting defense, Cousins showed that he is more than capable of commanding an offense. Cousins has had a roller coaster of a career so far as a Redskins, mainly playing as a backup to Robert Griffin III. When given the reins, he has shown some flashes of promise but he has struggled at times. The only thing that has held him back is consistency. If that is displayed during the preseason, he could be looking at a starting job in the 2016 season somewhere other than Washington.

3rd down – Don’t give up on Preston Smith: Even though he has not wowed anyone in training camp, second round draft pick, Preston Smith, made the most of his preseason debut. Smith racked up six tackles (two for a loss of yardage) and a sack against Cleveland yesterday. Maybe this is the performance that Smith needed in order to gain some confidence moving forward as we get closer to the regular season. If Smith can play like that going forward, that is more firepower to the Redskins already loaded front seven.

4th down – Kai Forbath: Kicker Kai Forbath has been far from consistent throughout training camp, but you would not be able to tell from Thursday’s game. Forbath made both of his field goals, one from 33 yards and the other from 52 yards. Like Smith, having a good performance in a real game setting could be a confidence booster going forward. The Redskins might be able to live with Forbath’s inconsistencies in practice if he can be consistent in games. If not, his days in Washington will be numbered.

Redskins Training Camp: Redskins vs. Browns Preview

Tomorrow will be the preseason debut of the Washington Redskins as they will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns. This will be the second straight year that the Redskins will play the Browns in the preseason. The first preseason game for any team typically does not feature a lot of regular season starters playing much, maybe a series or two, but nothing more than that. You can expect that from the Redskins tomorrow.

“We’ll play it by ear, see how we do,” Gruden said. “Obviously of we go three and out, we’ll bring them back out for another series or two. If we have a long touchdown drive, that could be it.”

Expect to see a lot of many second and third string players to get a lot of playing time as they try to compete for a spot on the roster this upcoming season.

“This is about finding out your 53-man roster,” Gruden said. “There’s a lot to look at for these guys, and we have a lot of guys that are really competing for jobs. These games are very, very important to see who is going to rise.”

In Gruden’s press conference today, he said that TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder will not play tomorrow night.