October 26, 2011

RAMS’ CONRAD NAMED TO SOCCER AMERICA’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

RICHMOND, Va. – Riding an eight-match unbeaten streak, including a win last weekend over 18th-ranked William & Mary, VCU women's soccer is garnering attention on the national level.  Sophomore Courtney Conrad was the latest player to be recognized as she became the second Ram in the last two weeks to be named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week.

Freshman Cristin Granados also received the publication's weekly honor on Oct. 13.

Conrad scored the game-winning goal against William & Mary on Sunday and handed the Tribe their first Colonial Athletic Association loss of the season, while snapping an 11-match unbeaten streak.  Entering Sunday, William & Mary had scored a league-best 25 goals in CAA play, while yielding a league-low four scores in conference action all season. 

Conrad is currently second on the team with 11 points (five goals and an assist), while tallying two game-winning goals in her first season with the Rams.  She also leads the team in shots (56) and shots on goal (26). 

VCU has allowed just two goals during its current eight-match unbeaten streak (780 minutes).  The Rams have not lost a game since a 1-0 setback at Hofstra on Sept. 25.  During that stretch, VCU ran off an impressive 532-minute opponent scoreless streak, which was the second-longest in school history (school record 572 minutes in 2004).

VCU has held an opponent scoreless eight times this season (5-0-3), including six of its last eight games.  The Rams have allowed just 14 goals all year (0.78 gaa), the second fewest in the league (two behind CAA leader William & Mary).

The Rams will have a chance to lock up the No. 2 seed in next week's CAA Tournament when they host James Madison in the regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 28.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium.

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