September 30, 2012

Rams Win First Atlantic 10 Match, 2-0 Over George Washington

FINAL:  VCU 2, George Washington 0 – (Washington, D.C.)

VCU STARTERS: #89 Carden (GK), #2 Krasko, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Granados, #12 Edgcomb,
#15 Moore, #20 Acosta, #23 Hovanesian, #32 Boyer, and #35 Gogolin

GEORGE WASHINGTON STARTERS: #0 Murphy (GK), #4 Brothers, #5 Neal, #7 Wallis, #10 Abbate,
#12 Cloutier, #13 Moya, #15 Belfonti, #19 Bruh, #22 Keer, and #23 Gaggioli

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • VCU (6-3-3, 1-1-0) opened the match with an early offensive attack. Junior Courtney Conrad fired a shot in the second minute, but a George Washington defender stepped in front to end the chance. In the sixth minute junior Jessie Krasko put the ball on frame, however George Washington goalkeeper Shannon Murphy made the save.
  • In the 10th minute the Rams would take the lead. Sophomore Cristin Granados sent a corner kick that found senior Wendy Acosta, who was able to head the ball into right corner of the goal.
  • George Washington (4-6-1, 0-2-0) would mount a counter attack following the goal. With Melanie Keer and Adriana Moyer both taking shots, that were wide of the goal.
  • The Black and Gold would fire three shots in two minutes in the 39th and 40th minute. Senior Heather Hovanesian fired a shot on target, however, Murphy was there for the save.  Classmate Lauryn Hutchinson gathered the rebound directing a shot back on goal, but Murphy was able to recover in make the save. In the 40th minute sophomore Maren Johansen fired a shot that sailed wide.
  • George Washington had two opportunities in the early minutes of the second half. In the 55th minute Kristi Abbate took a shot and VCU senior goalkeeper Kristin Carden was up to the task making the save. Two minutes later, Molly Burgh had a chance but was blocked by the VCU backline.
  • Krasko had two chances in the 58th and 59th minute to extend the Rams lead. The first chance missed wide, and the second deflected off the post.
  • VCU would continue to threaten throughout the rest of the match and was able to add the insurance goal in the 82nd minute. As Krasko fed the ball into the box to senior Aisha Allen who put the ball in the back of the net.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • With the 2-0 result, the Rams recorded their first win as a member of the Atlantic 10 conference.
  • Acosta scored her fourth goal of the season, while Allen's tally was her first goal of the season.
  • Both Granados (3) and Krasko (2) increased their season assist totals on the year.
  • Carden posted her fourth shutout of the campaign, recording two saves on the afternoon.
  • VCU finished the month of September with a record of 5-1-2.

QUOTABLE
"It feels good to end this road trip with a win. We knew it was going to be tough coming off the match in Charlotte. We wanted to focus on playing our style and rhythm of soccer, and we wanted to play with energy. I thought everyone contributed to that today and we were able to get the win against a hard working George Washington team."
-Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

WHAT'S AHEAD:
The Rams will continue Atlantic 10 play on Friday, Oct 5. when they host Fordham at 4 p.m. The match is part of VCU's All in for the A-10 celebration.

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