- Score: VCU 3, Towson 1
- Records: VCU (2-2), Towson (1-4)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Emilie Soares ignited a second-half outburst for the VCU Field Hockey team, who blitzed Towson with three goals after halftime en route to a 3-1 win in their home opener on the brand new turf at Cary Street Field. Freshman Alexis Schramm and senior Kayla Mueller also found the back of the cage for the Black & Gold. Senior Steph DeMasi led the backline to an impressive performance, holding the Tigers without a corner all evening.
How It Happened
- The contested started with a lot of back-and-forth play, but no opportunities for either side until junior Kendell Combs and senior Kelsey Powell both unleashed shots, just off the mark in the 18th minute.
- Towson was the first to strike as Kate Williams dribbled into the left side of the circle and found Kathleen Morris, who tipped in a shot to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
- The score remained that way into the second half, until Soares intercepted a Towson pass deep in offensive end, dribbled in a blasted home her first goal of the year to even things up at 1-1.
- Less than two minutes later, Soares nearly set up another VCU goal as she sent a beautiful feed to freshman Krystal Mayers, who was cutting through the circle, but the pass was just ahead of a diving Mayers as the score remained square at 1-1.
- VCU kept the pressure on and broke through in the 43rd minute as Kendall Farino sent a pass into the circle that was nearly broken up by Towson's keeper, but Schramm was able to pick it up and put it home to give the Rams a 2-1 lead.
- Mueller would put home the nail in the coffin 10 minutes later as she gathered up a loose ball in the middle of a scramble and finished off her second goal of the year and pushed VCU's cushion to 3-1.
- The Black & Gold stayed on the aggressive side for much of the second half, outshooting the Tigers, 12-3 in the second stanza.
- "We really focused on just calming them down and staying composed. I think the girls came out a little frenetic and excited about being home for the first time on the new turf. In the second half, we were able to play our style of hockey and really generate some attack, which led to our scoring opportunities." – Head Coach Laura Baker
- "Our defense did a really nice job of shutting down any chance of a counterattack by Towson in the second half and allowed us to keep possession and keep on the attack." - Baker
- "Our major adjustment was just working together as a team and communicating more than we were in the first half. We wanted to try and double team every ball and we were able to generate more attack by doing that. Our defense played a great game and it was great to see Clif [Kendall Clifton] back there getting her first win." - Senior Emilie Soares
- "We just have to keep working on trying to capatilize on every chance we get inside the circle by either drawing a corner or ripping a shot. We have to keep working on generating those opportunities. We were able to do that in the second half today and that's what's going to help us win games as we go forward." - Soares
- "The new turf was great and to have our home fans behind us, it was awesome. This was definitely a good start in our new home." - Soares
Beyond the Boxscore
- Soares became the seventh different Ram to score a goal this year
- The Rams held their opponent without a corner for the first time since October 25, 2009 against William & Mary.
- Sophomore Kendall Clifton made her collegiate debut and earned the win in goal for the Rams, playing 70 minutes and recoding four saves.
- The Rams remain home and host a very talented Liberty squad on Sunday afternoon. Game time at the Cary Street Field is set for 2 p.m.