RICHMOND, Va. – In the famous comic series "The Hulk", Bruce Banner only turns into a furious green monster when he's made mad.
The Virginia Commonwealth University women's soccer team may be taking on that same personality as the Rams bounced back from a tough defeat at Central Florida on Sunday with a 3-0 throttling of in-state rival Liberty at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium on Friday evening.
"This is exactly what we were looking for coming off the loss to a tough UCF team," Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. "We were looking for a lot of energy and aggressiveness from our girls and that's just what they did."
Freshman Bex Kunz (Boise, Idaho) and sophomore Bre White (Manassas, Va.) continue to prove they are a potent offensive duo. Kunz tallied two goals and an assist, while White registered her fourth goal in the past five games as well as picking up an assist.
" It's been great being able to play with a player like Bre and it's really easy for us to work off of each other," Kunz said. "We really have a great feel for each other up top and I feel like we can continue to grow with each game."
On the other side of the field for the Rams, the back four helped register the third shutout of the season for VCU, allowing just four shots and one corner in the contest.
"Our defense is the foundation of this team and it showed again tonight," Roberts Sahaydak said. "Those back four have been playing together for a while and we aim to pitch a shutout every game. When we're able to accomplish that, it's always a positive."
The Black & Gold wasted little time getting on the board when freshman Taryn Cressy (Boise, Idaho) lofted a long pass to White, who streaked down the right sideline and fed Kunz who lofted a long shot into the upper left corner to give the Rams a 1-0 lead just 0:57 into the game.
Kunz hooked her teammate up just 19 minutes when she sent a beautiful cross to White, who blasted a shot inside the left post from eight yards out to push the lead to 2-0.
Just five minutes later, Kunz picked up a loose ball on the left sideline and lofted another long shot, this time it fell just inside the right post for her second goal of the game and a 3-0 advantage for the Black & Gold.
The defense preserved the lead from there, allowing just one shot the rest of the way, and helping freshman Megan Lynch (Lake Mary, Fla.) pitch her collegiate third shutout.
VCU is back in action on Thursday evening when they take on cross-town rival Richmond at Ukrop's Park in a 7 p.m. contest.