VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #11 Meredith McNelis, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #17 Meaghan Neylon, #22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee
COLUMBIA STARTERS: #00 Christie O'Hara (GK), #1 Liz Malone, #3 Gabby Kozlowski, #4 Anna Scipioni, #5 Bridget DeSandis, #6 Paige Simmons, #7 Katie DeSandis, #14 Zoe Blake, #16 Lauren Skudalski, #23 Christina Freibott, #25 Molly Andrews
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Defense led the way earlier on both sides, with neither getting off a shot in the first 10 minutes.
- Columbia tested the Rams backline in the 12th minute with three straight shots at the cage, but Botteri turned away all of them to keep it scoreless.
- VCU struck first when Scherrer dribbled into the circle and fired a pass through the Columbia defense for classmate Haley McBee to tip in and give the Rams a 1-0 cushion in the 21st minute.
- Botteri and the Black & Gold defense turned away five shots on goal in the first half to send VCU into halftime with 1-0 lead.
- Columbia turned on the aggression out of the break with four shots and three corners in the first six minutes of the second half, but again VCU's backline held strong.
- A bad bounce gave the Lions their goal scoring chance when a long shot from outside the circle glanced off the far post and bounced right to Gabby Kozlowski in the circle, who found Liz Malone for the game-tying goal in the 58th minute.
- Scherrer would put the pressure on Columbia goalkeeper Christie O'Hara with nine second-half shots, six of which came on goal.
- The game-winner and record-setting goal came in the 66th minute when a deep outlet from the backline allowed freshman Kendall Farino to dribble into the circle and fire off a shot, which Scherrer redirected into the back of the cage for a 2-1 lead. The goal was Scherrer's 39th career goal, breaking the 18-year old school record of Alycia Yoder.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Scherrer became the third Ram in the past four years to break an all-time scoring record. Eric Maynor in men's basketball (2009) and Courtney Hurt in women's basketball (2012) were the other two VCU student-athletes to accomplish that feat.
- With three points on the day, Scherrer moved to 95 career points, just two shy of Alycia Yoder's school record of 97.
- McBee entered her senior year with three career goals. Two games into her final season, she has already doubled her career total.
- This is the third time in the past five years that the Rams have started 2-0 (2008, 2009).
Head Coach Shannon Karl
- "I'm extremely happy with the way our girls responded today against a tough Columbia team. Our girls showed a lot of resilience after Columbia tied the game and really did a great job of staying focused on our game plan."
- "Being off for nine days after our opener last Friday could have been issue, but our girls didn't allow it to be and really came out strong and that's a great sign. We need to continue to do that going forward if we want to accomplish the goals we set forth as a program."
- "Kelsey is a dynamic player for us and I'm very happy that she was able to score the game winner today and surpass the all-time scoring record at VCU. She's worked very hard to be where she is and will continue to do so in the remainder of her senior campaign."
Senior Kelsey Scherrer
- "Today's win was all about [Megan Botteri], our defense and our midfield. They were tremendous in stopping any offense and really transitioning the ball up front to us forwards. They were incredible today."
- "It's an honor to have the record, but, and I know this is going to sound cliché, it's really about my teammates. They are the ones that have allowed me to achieve this, I have the issue job of putting the ball in the cage. The last goal was a prime example, the defense and midfield did a great job of getting the ball to Kendall, who did a great job getting into the circle, I did the easy part and tipped it in."
- The Rams hit the road for the first time this year when they head to Longwood on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest.