- Score: VCU 8, Appalachian State 1
- Records: VCU (6-6), Appalachian State (2-9)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Emilie Soares netted her second hat trick of the season to highlight VCU Field Hockey's 8-1 shellacking of Appalachian State. Soares was one of five different Rams to find the back of the cage with Alexis Schramm tallying two goals, while Stephanie DeMasi, Nicola Breeman and Erika Bienlien also scored in the victory. The eight goals is the most scored by VCU since October 17, 2003 when the Rams beat Saint Francis (Pa.), 9-1.
How It Happened
- Senior Megan Botteri kept an aggressive Appalachian State off the board early with four saves in the first 15 minutes to give time for the Rams offensive to get rolling.
- In the 20th minute, senior Kelsey Powell made a beautiful pass from the left side of the circle to the front of the cage, where Soares was standing and she deflected it in to give VCU a 1-0 lead.
- Eight minutes later, the Rams made it 2-0 converting a corner with a stop by junior Kacie Yang, a pass to Kendall Farino and a deflection by Soares for her second goal of the game.
- Less than a minute before halftime, Soares finished off her hat trick with another beautiful pass from Powell to send the Black & Gold into halftime with a 3-0 advantage.
- The goals kept flowing in the second half as Kendell Combs made a nice pass into the left side of the circle to Schramm, who blasted a shot into the back of the cage for a 4-0 lead.
- Appalachian State got on the board in the 49th minute when Lynnae Luettich tipped in a shot from Jordyn Warren to make it 4-1.
- The Rams would answer less than five minutes later when Powell had a give-and-go breakway with Soares, who fed a pass in front to Breeman, who tipped it home for her first collegiate goal and a 5-1 VCU lead.
- VCU converted another corner in the 63rd minute when DeMasi deflected a pass from Powell (her third assist of the game) to make it a 6-1 advantage.
- Two App State turnovers deep in their end led to goals by Schramm and Bielien, which capped off a huge offensive day for the Black & Gold.
Beyond the Box Score
- Soares netted her third career hat trick and second of the year. With 25 points on the year, she now leads the Atlantic 10 in that category. Her 10 goals rank second in the conference.
- Powell entered the day with one career assist, she now has four after a career-high three on the day.
- It was the first collegiate goals for Breeman and Bielien.
- "Today's game was a great way to finish up a tough stretch of five games in nine days. To score the most goals in a game in 10 years shows a terrific overall team effort. I'm proud of the way we played today and to finish out our non-conference schedule in such an emphatic way is a great step. This week we'll turn our attention to conference play and look forward to starting against Richmond next Sunday." – Head Coach Laura Baker
- "To be able finish off our stretch of five games in nine days with a game like today is awesome and a great overall team effort. I'm very proud of how hard my teammates fought today and I can't imagine a better way to go into conference play next weekend." – Senior Emilie Soares
- The Rams have the entire week off before they open up conference play next weekend against crosstown rival, Richmond. Game time at UR is set for 12 p.m.