NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Kelsey Scherrer (Chesapeake, Va.) scored eight minutes into the second overtime to give Virginia Commonwealth University its first ever win over Delaware, 2-1, Friday at Rullo Stadium.
With Scherrer's goal, the Rams (6-3, 1-0 CAA) erased years of bad memories. VCU had dropped its previous eight meetings to the Blue Hens (4-4, 0-1 CAA), including four of the last five in overtime. Friday, instead of heartbreak, the Rams found jubilation.
"It's so much fun to see how far the girls have pushed themselves and see everything pay off," said VCU Head Coach Kelly McQuade. "Especially our seniors and how much impact they had on today's game. It's really fun to see all their hard work and sweat come out in the form of these wins."
In the 92nd minute of play, Scherrer took a feed from senior Marle van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) on the left baseline, drove to the goal and swung a ball around a diving UD goalkeeper from three yards out for the winning score. It was Scherrer's fourth goal of the season.
Scherrer's goal came only after the Rams survived five tenuous minutes of shorthanded play. Following a yellow card on VCU, the Rams were forced to play five minutes of overtime down a player. Despite the disadvantage, the Black and Gold outshot the Blue Hens, 7-1 in extra time.
"We changed our structure to adapt and the girls really held their own," McQuade said. "We didn't look like we were down a player. We really generated attack."
VCU outshot Delaware, 15-14, and out cornered the Blue Hens, 10-9. VCU junior Erin Jablonski (Charlottesville, Va.) made seven saves in goal for the Rams.
Senior Flore van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Neterlands) (left) staked VCU to a 1-0 lead when she scored on a penalty stroke in the 28th minute. van Dessel is 2-for-2 on penalty strokes this season.
Delaware knotted the game up at 1-1 when Nicole Onorato scored on a penalty corner from Michelle Drummonds and Missy Woody in the 67th minute.
VCU will look to extend its three-match winning streak when it battles Towson on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Field.