Final Score: VCU 3, Longwood 2 (OT)
Location: Cary Street Field (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 1-2, Longwood 3-3
The Short Story: McKenzie Bowler scored the game-winning goal just over seven minutes into the first overtime period from point-blank range thanks to an Emily McNamara pass across the face of the goal.
- After going down 1-0 12:49 into the game, VCU scored two goals to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
- Longwood outshot VCU 16-10 but VCU had a distinct advantage in shots on goal at 10-5.
- VCU took the only shots between the two teams during overtime and had a 3-0 edge.
- The Rams also held a 5-2 edge in penalty corners for the game.
- VCU pressured Longwood's Lauren Bernard into making seven saves on the evening.
- McNamara had a goal and a team-high two assists, Bowler added the game-winning goal and an assist while Sydney Weise added a goal.
- McNamara led the team with six shots and five shots on goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Lancers got the opening goal 12:49 into the game as Leonie Verstraete scored from close range.
- McNamara got the Rams on the board at the 32:25 mark to tie the game up at 1-1 after Bowler played her into a one-on-one with the goalie and she knocked it in from close range.
- VCU took the lead and the momentum in the break and made it 2-1 just 32 seconds before halftime as Sydney Weise finished off a McNamara chip pass.
- Longwood would tie the game up 2-2 at 57:13 in the second half on an Abbey Ripley goal.
- The two teams were deadlocked at the end of intermission and VCU took all three shots during the overtime period.
- Bowler scored the game-winner halfway through the first overtime period to give the Rams the 3-2 win.
VCU hits the road to take on No. 3 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11.