RICHMOND, Va. – After graduating high school, VCU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Kruse decided not to pursue an athletic career, and would instead focus on academics. But soon after arriving on campus last fall, she missed sports way too much.
Now, a year later, and with two collegiate starts under her belt, Kruse has quietly made a name herself. On Monday, she earned Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week honors.
Kruse played all 200 minutes in goal during the Rams' first two matches of the season. She started both games in the net, picking up her first career win with a 3-0 shutout at Longwood on Sunday. Kruse notched three saves on nine shots in her debut, allowing one goal in a tie against High Point on Friday, while posting two saves on 10 shots against the Lancers.
She is helping lead a VCU squad that's lost just once in its last 13 games (8-1-4 dating back to Sept. 29, 2011), while posting nine shutouts and just three goals against during that stretch. The only setback came in last season's overtime loss to 18th-ranked William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association championship match.
In addition, the Black & Gold is unbeaten (5-0-2) in their last seven home matches, outscoring opponents 10-2.
The Rams return to action Aug. 24-26 when they participate in the annual Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. VCU opens tournament play against Akron on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before facing host Tennessee on Sunday at 3 p.m.