- Score: VCU 6, Siena 0
- Records: VCU (3-5), Siena (0-7)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Emilie Soares netted her second career hat trick to lead a dominating performance by the VCU Field Hockey team in a 6-0 win over Siena. Soares tallied a career-high seven points on the afternoon, adding an assist to go along with her three goals. Stephanie DeMasi, Alexis Schramm and Kendell Combs all notched a goal and an assist in the victory.
How It Happened
- From the start, VCU jumped into control of the contest, earning a corner two minutes into the game and nearly taking a quick lead, but Siena's keeper was there to knock down a shot from Combs to keep it scoreless.
- The Rams struck in the 15th minute when DeMasi inserted a corner to Nicole Barry, who stopped it and set up a blast from Combs to give VCU a 1-0 cushion.
- VCU would continue the pressure throughout the half and finally pour it on in the final six minutes of the first half.
- In the 30th minute, the Rams would convert another corner with Barry making the stop, Combs ripping it in and DeMasi deflecting it into the cage to push the lead to 2-0.
- Less than four minutes later, Soares made a dash down the right sideline and rip a pass into the far side of the circle for Schramm, who tipped it in for a 3-0 advantage.
- The Soares-Schramm duo would strike again less than a minute later, this time Schramm fed Soares to give VCU a 4-0 halftime lead.
- VCU would keep possession for much of the second half and extend their lead in the 56th minute when sophomore Kendall Farino picked up a looseball and blasted a shot into the circle, where Soares deflected it past the Siena keeper to make it a 5-0 advantage.
- Just over 10 minutes later, Soares would cap off the scoring and her hat trick when she ripped a shot from outside the circle and got a deflection off a Siena defender to finish off the decisive 6-0 win for the Black & Gold.
Beyond the Box Score
- Soares' three goals and an assist are a career-high four points for the senior.
- Soares scored a combined five goals during her sophomore and junior seasons. The Santa Clara, Calif. native has five goals in just eight games so far this year.
- DeMasi's assist on the first goal of the game gave her 24 career assists, which ties the all-time record at VCU. She enters Sunday's match tied with Stephanie Whitlow (1991-94) and Kelsey Scherrer (2009-2012)
- Senior Megan Botteri and sophomore Kendall Clifton combined for the first shutout of the year for the Rams.
- "Today's game was a great team effort. We passed the ball and created chances today better than we have in previous games this year. To score three goals in the last five minutes of the first half showed great mental strength from our team." – Head Coach Laura Baker
- "Emilie played out of her mind today. She was a spark plug for us on the forward line and thoroughly deserved all three of her goals." - Baker
- "Today was a crucial game in terms of momentum going into these next four games in the span of nine days. I was really proud of the team and our ability to pull out the win and even more proud of our defense who seems to take a beating every game, but continues to remain strong. I'm very excited to proceed from here and grow as a team and keep the momentum going as we approach the conference season." – Senior Emilie Soares
- The Rams continue their homestand on Sunday when they host future Atlantic 10 foe Davidson. Game time at Cary Street is set for 12 p.m.