September 29, 2013

BOTTERI, RAMS POST SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT IN 1-0 WIN OVER DAVIDSON

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 1, Davidson 0
  • Records: VCU (4-5), Davidson (4-6)
  • Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
  • The Short Story: Senior Megan Botteri tied a career-high with 12 saves to lead the VCU Field Hockey to its second straight shutout in a 1-0 win over Davidson. Classmate Stephanie DeMasi tipped in the game's only goal in the 32nd minute off a corner with Kendell Combs and Erika Bienlien getting the assists.
How It Happened
  • Davidson came out of the gates firing with six shots in the game's first 10 minutes, but Botteri and the Rams' backline was able to keep them off the scoreboard.
  • VCU had a chance to take the lead in the 26th minute when Emilie Soares was taken down inside the circle and the Rams were awarded a penalty stroke. However, Combs' shot went just wide as the game remained scoreless.
  • The Rams broke through in the 32nd minute when DeMasi got the deflection goal off a corner in which Bienlien made the stop and Combs ripped it into the circle.
  • It looked like the Black & Gold might extend that 1-0 lead quickly in the second half with two corners in the first three minutes of the half, but Davidson's defense was able to thwart the attempts and keep it a one-goal lead for the Rams.
  • VCU's defense made one of its biggest stands of the season in the 48th minute when both DeMasi and freshman Alexis Schramm were carded and the Rams were forced to play two players down for two minutes.
  • Shortly after the Rams had killed the two-man advantage, Davidson got it's best chance of the day when the Wildcats were awarded a corner in the 65th minute. However, Botteri stepped up and knocked down Anna Davis' shot to preserve the 1-0 advantage.
  • VCU was able to stifle any other attempts by the Wildcats to pick up their second straight victory.
Beyond the Boxscore
  • The Rams have now held their opponents for the last 177 minutes of action.
  • Botteri tied a career-high with 12 saves, matching her high that she posted against #12 Stanford earlier this year.
Quotables
  • "Today was a great team win over a good Davidson squad. It was back and forth throughout the game and I'm proud of our girls for playing a complete 70 minutes and finding enough to come away with the win." – Head Coach Laura Baker
  •  "Teri was phenomenal in the cage for us today. Her stop on the penalty flick was fantastic and ultimately earned us the win today. She controlled our defense very well today." – Baker
  • "I had to gain my composure quickly because we were all worried about why the stroke was called. I knew I had to come up big for the team and make the stop and that's what I was able to do." – Senior Megan Botteri on stopping Davidson's stroke in the 65th minute
Up Next
  • The Rams are back in action at home on Wednesday when they host in-state rival Longwood. Game time at Cary Street Field is set for 6 p.m.
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