Sep 08, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. – If Flore van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) has solved the penalty stroke, she's not telling.
"I had a plan. I'm not going to tell. That's my little secret," the Virginia Commonwealth University senior said. "I think over the last three years I've probably taken over 100 strokes, so at some point it just becomes muscle memory."
Cloak and dagger aside, it appeared that van Dessel actually knew something when she fired home a penalty stroke 10 minutes into overtime to give VCU a stunning 2-1 victory over Richmond Wednesday at Crenshaw Field.
The victory is the Rams' third straight and improves them to 3-2 on the year. It also snapped a nine-game losing streak in overtime contests that dated back to 2008. VCU's last OT win was a 2-1 victory over at Fairfield on Aug. 29, 2008.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the 80th minute, VCU sophomore Arialle Hess (Allentown, Pa.) streaked into the Spiders' circle with the ball and drew a flagrant foul to earn the Rams' a penalty stroke. van Dessel, who is 2-of-4 in career stroke attempts, slipped a low liner just inside the left post and past a diving Richmond keeper for the victory.
"It wasn't my best stroke, but it went in and that's what counts," van Dessel said.
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