VCU Falls at Undefeated Tennessee 2-0
FINAL: Tennessee 2, VCU 0 – (Knoxville, Tenn. - First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic)
VCU STARTERS: #89 Carden (GK), #5 Wilson, #6 White, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Granados, #12 Edgcomb,
#15 Moore, #16 Hutchinson, #20 Acosta, and #33 Johansen
TENNESSEE STARTERS: #00 Eckel (GK), #2 Capocaccia, #3 Bailey, #6 Moore, #8 Bono, #9 Hall, #11 Clark,
#16 Sirna, #22 Harrison, #25 Brown, and #28 Wade
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Tennessee wasted little time getting on the board as the Lady Vols jumped out to an early lead in just the third minute. After the ball deflected off the VCU defense, Kylie Bono found herself in the right place to head the ball into an open net.
- The Rams had a chance in the 25th minute when sophomore Cristin Granados sent a corner kick into the box. Senior Gabby Wilson placed a shot on goal, but Tennessee goalkeeper Julie Eckel was there for the save.
- VCU senior goalie Kristin Carden, who was making her first start of the season, faced two more shots in the first period, but kept the Lady Vols out of the net.
- Tennessee added to its lead in the 67th minute when CC Cobb snuck a corner kick into the net to give the Lady Vols a 2-0 advantage.
- The Rams had a chance to add a goal late in the 88th minute. Sophomore Maren Johansen fired a shot, but Eckel again was there for the save to keep VCU off the board.
INSIDE BOX SCORE:
- Granados and senior Wendy Acosta were named to the First Tennessee Lady Vols Classic All-Tournament team.
- Tennessee held a 15-6 advantage in shots, including a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal.
- Johansen led VCU with three shots (one on goal). Wilson, Acosta and Lauryn Hutchinson also attempted a shot each for the Rams.
- Carden made four of her five saves in the second half.
- The Lady Vols finished with 15 corner kicks, while VCU registered six.
"The result today didn't go our way but we can hold our heads high knowing we put together a very strong performance against a very strong Tennessee squad. We've made a lot of progress since Friday's match. We were able to rebound and leave the field knowing our effort and heart was in it. Two set piece errors decided the game today so that hurts. We will need to continue to sharpen our focus and improve for Villanova next weekend."
-VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak
The Rams return home for a Sunday matinee on Sep. 2 as VCU hosts Villanova at 1 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium.