Rams top Longwood 3-2 in OT thriller

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.

QUICK FACTS 

  • 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.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU hits the road to take on No. 3 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11.

 
 
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