FINAL: VCU 1, Villanova 1 – 2OT (Richmond, Va.)
VCU STARTERS: #89 Carden (GK), #5 Wilson, #6 White, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #12 Edgcomb, #15 Moore, #16 Hutchinson, #20 Acosta, #23 Hovanesian, #33 Johansen
VILLANOVA STARTERS: #00 Quinn (GK), #3 Barghash, #4 Hogman, #5 Damstrom, #6 Houck, #8 Rayner, #21 Sabatura, #22 Gersh, #24 Jones, #40 Forte, #91 Wilson
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Following a VCU corner kick in the 11th minute, senior Gabby Wilson fired a shot off the rebound from the left wing but it drifted wide.
- Villanova eventually took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. Victora Gersh sent a cross from the right wing to Caitlin Forte inside the box. Forte then settled the cross and pushed the ball into the lower left post from about eight yards out.
- Senior Aisha Allen had a look in the 40th minute when she launched a shot from the left wing but Villanova goalkeeper Kelsey Quinn made her first save of the game.
- VCU was on the attack early in the second half as sophomore Maren Johansen fired a shot from the right wing in the 50th minute but it slid just wide of the near post. Following a foul less than a minute later, Granados' offering from a free kick went wide left.
- Johansen had another look in the 54th minute after a VCU corner kick, but her strike was wide of the near post.
- Senior Heather Hovanesian fired a shot, her first of the season, from the top of the box but Quinn was there for her second save in the 69th minute.
- Granados launched a shot from outside the box in the 73rd minute but it just missed the top right corner of the net. Less than 30 seconds later, Granados took a feed from junior Jessie Krasko and slid a shot into the lower right post to even the score at 1-1.
- The Rams kept the pressure on in the 76th minute as senior Wendy Acosta sent a cross to Krasko, who's shot went wide from just inside the top of the box.
- Granados launched another shot in the 81st minute but it again sailed wide as the Rams held a 12-1 advantage in shots in the second half.
- Junior Courtney Conrad had a chance in front of the net but Quinn made a great save to keep the Rams out of the net with just over three minutes to play in regulation.
- Just as regulation ended, play was suspended with storms in the area. After nearly an hour delay, play resumed at 3:35 p.m. EST.
- Senior Breiana White and Conrad each fired shots less than a minute into the first overtime but Quinn made saves on both attempts. Gersh had a look for Villanova a minute later but her shot went wide left of the far post.
- Villanova tried to pressure in the 96th minute as Forte got tangled up with Carden in front of the net, but Carden was there for her fourth save.
- Following a Wildcat foul in the 106th minute, Acosta lifted a pass into the box for Conrad, who then turned and fired a shot that just missed the near post.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- VCU is now unbeaten in its last eight home matches (5-0-3) dating back to last season. Both of the Rams' home matches this season have been hard-fought 1-1 ties.
- After Villanova outshot VCU 6-2 in the first half, the Rams held a 12-1 advantage in shots during the second stanza, including a 4-0 margin in shots on goal. Including both overtimes, VCU fired 16 of the final 19 shots in the match.
- Eleven different Rams registered a shot, with Granados firing a team-best four. Johansen finished with three, while Conrad and junior Taryn Cressy collected two (both on goal).
- Quinn made seven saves for Villanova, while Carden registered four stops in the net for VCU.
- After playing 90 minutes for the Costa Rican National team in Saturday's match against the United States, Granados returned to Sports Backers Stadium just an hour before Sunday's match. She led all players with four shots against Villanova.
"I think a lot of it had to do with mentality. I think we just came out a little flat. We talked at halftime about our mentality [and our team] knew that it was not good enough. I think another part of it was switching [Wendy] Acosta up top. The combination between Wendy and Cris is so phenomenal. They have a lot of chemistry and have played together for years. We showed a lot of character from our team today. Although we didn't start strong, we were able to come back from being down."
-VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak on the difference in play after the first half
"I'm really proud of Rebecca Haislip's performance today. We asked her to come into the game and make a difference and she did. I love the fact we can count on players coming off the bench to do their job. The back four was solid. It may not look like it, but to us coaches I think the back four is still an area of work for us."
-Roberts Sahaydak on contributions from VCU's bench
VCU travels to American University for a 2 p.m. match on Friday, Sept. 7. The Rams then return to Sports Backers Stadium on Sept. 9 to host Big East foe Pittsburgh. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.