October 2, 2011

CONRAD SCORES TWICE AS VCU ROLLS PAST TOWSON, 4-0

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore forward Courtney Conrad posted her first career multi-goal game, while freshman Cristin Granados and junior Aisha Allen also found the net in VCU's 4-0 win over Towson Sunday afternoon.  It was the fourth time this season the Rams have held an opponent scoreless.

"We came together as a team today and I'm proud of the result that followed," said Co-Head Coach Tim Sahaydak.  "Every player gave their best effort and was responsible for inspiring their teammates.  We had an energy and excitement that ignited the performance.  I know the team will savor this one for a few days and then it's on to our next conference matches."

During its last two Colonial Athletic Association matches VCU has outshot its opponents 41-11, picking up a win and a tie.  The Rams, who have allowed just five goals in their last seven outings, extended their opponent's scoreless streak to 263 minutes.

Towson fired a trio of shots during the first 11 minutes of the game.  Courtney McKee fired a strike after a corner kick at the 10:31 mark but VCU goalkeeper Kristin Carden made her first of three saves on the day.  McKee then tried to put back the rebound but her shot went wide.

The Rams, who matched their season high with four goals, countered less than six minutes later and got on the board in what was their first true offensive threat of the game.  Freshman Maren Johansen connected a pass to Conrad, who then slid a shot past Towson goalie Jocelyn Papciak to give VCU a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

Junior Gabby Wilson had a look in the 21st minute but her shot hit the post.  Papciak later made saves on strikes by senior Meaghan Dullea (27th minute), senior Azania (31st minute) and sophomore Taryn Cressy (43rd minute) to keep the Tigers within a goal. 

After McKee's shot in the 11th minute, VCU's defense settled in and held Towson to just one the remainder of the half, including a 30-minute stretch without a Tigers' shot, and took a one-goal lead into the locker room.

Four different Rams registered shots during the first 15 minutes of the second half before Conrad scored her second goal of the game to put VCU on top 2-0.  Papciak made a save on a shot by Granados but Conrad was there to fire back the rebound in the 61st minute to extend the Rams' lead.

Granados remained on the attack and put the game out of the reach less than two minutes later when she scored her second goal of the season.  Allen later netted her first of the year to put the Rams ahead 4-0 in the 82nd minute.

VCU, which outshot Towson 18-6, limited the Tigers to just two shots in the final 45 minutes.  The Rams also held an 8-5 advantage in corners.

The Black & Gold returns home to Sports Backers Stadium for a pair of CAA matches next weekend.  VCU hosts UNC Wilmington on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., before entertaining Georgia State on Oct. 9.

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