September 14, 2012

VCU Battles UMBC to Scoreless Draw, Extends Home Unbeaten Streak to 10

FINAL:  VCU 0, UMBC 0 (2ot) – Richmond, Va.

VCU STARTERS: #89 Carden (GK), #2 Krasko, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Granados, #12 Edgcomb, #15 Moore, #16 Hutchinson, #23 Hovanesian, #32 Boyer, and #33 Johansen

UMBC STARTERS: #9 Kadet (GK), #2 Taylor, #3 Boretti, #4 McKee, #6 Preston, #10 Walcott, #13 Grazarek, #15 Hummel, #18 Bass, #20 A. Quaranta, and #25 P. Quaranta

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The teams battled for position early but VCU was able to fire the first shot of the match in the eighth minute when sophomore Cristin Granados missed high.
  • The Rams' best opportunity in the first half came in the 34th minute. Junior Brianne Moore fired a shot from just outside of the box, but it nailed the crossbar.
  • VCU's first shot on goal came five minutes later. Granados fired a shot, but UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet was there for the save.
  • The Black & Gold had a 12-minute offensive attack to start the second half, where VCU was able to fire five shots during that span. The first two came in the 50th minute when senior Wendy Acosta and junior Jessie Krasko each had looks, but their shots sailed high. In the 53rd minute, Granados had a good chance, however Kadet was again there for the save.  Acosta had another try in the 54th minute when she rocketed a point blank shot from the left wing, but it was saved. Finally, in the 61st minute sophomore Casey Boyer had a header chance off of a corner, but again Kadet came up with the save.
  • The Rams would threaten all the way through the end of the regulation but could not find the back of the net.  
  • VCU was on the attack early in overtime as Acosta fired a shot in the 93rd minute, but Cadet came up with another big save.
  • The Rams fired back-to-back shots in the 94th and 95th minutes. Junior Taryn Cressy missed just wide and Granados put the ball on frame, but was stopped.
  • In the second overtime, junior Courtney Conrad was able to fire a shot on goal, but Cadet made her sixth save.
  • Senior goalkeeper Kristin Carden played well in net for the Rams, helping them to their third straight shutout. The Virginia Beach, Va. native finished with three saves.


INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Black & Gold outshot UMBC 18-4, including a 6-3 advatage in shots on goal.  The Rams have now outshot their opponents 120-67 so far this season.
  • VCU is unbeaten in its last 10 home matches dating back to 2011. The Rams have a 6-0-4 record during that stretch.
  • The Rams have posted three consecutive shutouts, and have not allowed a goal since the first half of the Villanova game on Sept. 2, which is good for a 463-minute scoreless streak.
  • Carden now has three shutouts on the season (all in a row), and 11 in her two-year VCU career.


QUOTABLE:
"We are happy to continue the [home unbeaten] streak, but we are definitely disappointed in a tie. Give credit to UMBC. I thought they played a great game defensively, and they were tough to beat tonight."
-VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

"[Kristin] Carden is a special player, and a special goalkeeper. The fact that she is been able to get back to playing is remarkable, but she is not back to her true form, so there is more to come from her. She has done a great job for our program over the past two seasons."
-Roberts Sahaydak on the play of senior goalkeeper Kristin Carden


WHAT'S AHEAD:
The Rams hit the road for a season-long four game road trip, starting with William & Mary on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

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