DAVIDSON, N.C. – Sophomore Kelsey Scherrer (Chesapeake, Va.) scored the go-ahead goal in the 53rd minute and assisted on another in Virginia Commonwealth University's 3-2 victory over Davidson Saturday at Belk Turf Field.
"This was a good game to pull out a win," VCU Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "Davidson is well-coached team with a similar style of play because of William & Mary connection. We generated good attacking opportunities and capitalized on two corners. We did not under estimate them at all."
With the win, the Rams improved to 11-4, the program's most victories since 1993. VCU has won four straight and 11 of its last 13 matches. Davidson is 10-5.
Sophomore Arialle Hess (Allentown, Pa.) scored the first VCU goal in the 16th minute of a game on an assist from Chelsea Hill (Virginia Beach, Va.). The ball was passed from the right corner and then tipped into the net. It was Hess' fourth goal of the season and proved to be the only one of the half.
Clare Perry tied the match up early in the second half when she converted an assist from Hannah English in the 42nd minute.
Scherrer answered in the 53rd minute, scoring on a direct corner from senior Flore van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) and freshman Stephanie DeMasi (Virginia Beach, Va.) to give VCU a 2-1 lead. The Rams would not trail again, giving Scherrer her seventh game-winning goal of the season. She leads the team with 11 goals and 27 points this season.
Four minutes later, sophomore Melanie Marotta (Williamsburg, Va.) scored her first goal of the season on an assist from Scherrer.
Davidson made a push toward the end that resulted in a goal by Jennie Mostellar during the 64th minute of regulation. However, the damage had been done and the Rams came out with the victory.
"Davidson fought very hard until the end of the game and it was very good for us to come out on top," said McQuade. "Hopefully, this will drive us into tomorrow for a 2-0 weekend."
The Rams head to Boone, N.C. to play Appalachian State Sunday at 1 p.m.