PISCATAWAY, N.J. –
VCU Starters: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer (F), #4 Steph DeMasi (B), #5 Emilie Soares (MF), #6 Kendall Farino (MF), #22 Kendell Combs (F), #23 Haley McBee (F), #17 Meaghan Neylon (MF), #7 Chelsea Hill (MF), #14 Kelsey O'Brien (B), #11 Meredith McNelis (B),
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Rams jumped out to an early lead when sophomore Kendell Combs forced a penalty corner, which led to a 1-0 lead for the Black & Gold, thanks to a goal by senior Kelsey Scherrer (pictured, main). Junior Steph DeMasi took the corner and fed Chelsea Hill, who provided the stop and set up Scherrer's blast to give VCU the lead just seven minutes in.
- Scherrer nearly made it 2-0 after VCU was granted a penalty stroke in the 20th minute, but her shot was knocked down to keep it a one-goal game.
- It wouldn't stay a one-goal game for long as senior Hayley McBee (pictured, right) slid a beautiful pass to sophomore Nicola Breeman, who tipped in a shot just inside the far post to push the lead to 2-0 in the 30th minute.
- McBee was back at it in the 58th minute, when she again hooked up with Breeman, who delivered a pass inside the circle to Scherrer, who blasted her second goal of the game home to give VCU a 3-0 lead.
- Rutgers' only goal game with less than a minute to play, when the Rams found themselves a man down on a penalty corner, which the Scarlet Knights converted to wrap up the scoring on the afternoon.
- In addition to the 70 minute regulation period, the two teams took part in a five-person, 1-v-1 shootout, which the Rams also won, 3-1. Meredith McNelis scored on a beautiful reverse shot with Combs and Scherrer both adding goals of their own. Redshirt junior Megan Botteri stopped all but one shot during the shootout.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Botteri played 70 strong minutes in cage for the Black & Gold, allowing just one goal on the penalty corner with just under a minute left.
- VCU received fantastic play from the midfield (Hill, Neylon, Farino and Soares), who controlled possession and created numerous scoring chances for the Rams.
- "We were very pleased with our team's ability to commit to the focal points we gave them prior to the match. We worked hard, made an effort to value possession and created some positive opportunities inside of our attacking circle. We will need to work on keeping our focus and discipline for an entire 70 minutes and limiting unforced errors, especially in key moments. From a test match standpoint, we are happy with the result, but will keep pushing forward in terms of making improvements and preparing for our opener on Friday against Missouri State." – Head Coach Shannon Karl
The Rams open up the 2012 regular season on Friday afternoon (Aug. 24) when Missouri State visits Cary Street Field. Match is set to start at 4 p.m.