WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – After battling to a scoreless first half tie, 13th-ranked Georgetown found the net less than five minutes into the second half and held on to defeat VCU, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in the Nike Tribe Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Invitational on the campus of William & Mary.
Thirteen of VCU's (1-4-1) last 14 matches, including all four of their losses this season, have been decided by a single goal.
"It's tough to drop two games on the weekend," said Co-Head Coach Tim Sahaydak. "We're not happy with the results but there are many positives to take away. We out-performed two very good teams in almost every category. At the end of the day, the score line is what matters, so we have some things to sort out to be sure we come out on top. As we look to these last couple of games in preparation for the start of conference play, we know we're in a good place. All the pieces are there. We are a very dangerous team and we showed that against a very good Georgetown team today."
The Rams kept the Hoyas out of the net during the first 45 minutes of action as the teams played to a scoreless tie at intermission. VCU held a slim 6-5 advantage in shots during the opening stanza as freshman Cristin Granados, who finished with four shots in the game, led the way with three first half strikes, including one on frame.
Black & Gold keeper Kristin Carden made a stop in the ninth minute in what proved to be Georgetown's only true threat of the first half. Meanwhile, Hoyas goalie Elizabeth Hanna registered saves in the 28th and 37th minutes on looks from Granados and sophomore Courtney Conrad.
Camille Trujillo eventually gave Georgetown the lead with a header in the 52nd minute. Ingrid Wells sent a cross from the left side and Trujillo headed the ball into the right of the net from eight yards out for what proved to be the game-winner.
After the Hoyas scored, VCU went on the attack with a trio of looks during a five-minute stretch, but Hanna made saves on strikes from senior Azania, Conrad, who fired five with four on goal, and junior Breiana White to keep the Rams off the board.
Carden made another stop on a shot by Jessica Clinton in the 68th minute. Conrad had a look for the Rams seven minutes later but Hanna was there for her seventh save of the game, fifth of the second half.
Conrad, Azania and Granados each fired shots the rest of the way but couldn't find the net.
VCU outshot Georgetown, 14-8, and finished with seven shots on goal. The Rams also held a 4-1 advantage in corners.
Junior Gabby Wilson and Carden were named to the All-Tournament team.
VCU heads to Moraga, Calif., this weekend to participate in St. Mary's annual tournament. The Rams face the Gaels on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., before facing UC Riverside on Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.