Cressy, Krasko Lift Rams to 2-1 Win Over Saint Francis

FINAL: VCU 2, Saint Francis (Pa.) 1 (Washington, D.C.)

RECORDS: VCU (1-2), Saint Francis (0-2-1) 

VCU STARTERS: #18 Kruse (GK), #2 Krasko, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Wojcik, #10 Cressy, #14 Ana Clara Lopes, #19 Ernest, #32 Boyer, #33 Johansen, #37 Moik

SAINT FRANCIS STARTERS: #1 Andrew (GK), #2 McNiff, #3 Gembry, #4 Gallaher, #5 McKibben, #7 Beegle, #9 Stayrook, #12 Bross, #18 Isett, #24 Gavin, #28 Walter

THE BASICS:

  • VCU scored a pair of goals within a two-minute stretch early in the second half en route to a 2-1 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C. 
  • Lindsey Vanderspiegel, who took over the reigns of VCU's women's soccer program in June, picks up her first win as Rams head coach.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Rams goalkeeper Emma Kruse, who finished with seven stops, collected a pair of early saves to keep the Red Flash off the board.
  • Sophomore Natalie Moik tried to give VCU an early advantage but her shot went wide of the net in the eighth minute.
  • The Rams' defense fended off a series of Saint Francis looks in the first half, including a team save in the 31st minute, as the Red Flash fired 11 first-half shots.
  • Senior Taryn Cressy converted a penalty kick to give VCU a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute.
  • Senior Jessie Krasko wasted little time adding an insurance goal less than two minutes later when she took a feed from junior Maren Johansen and put the Rams on top 2-0.
  • Senior Courtney Conrad was on the attack with a pair of shots in the 66th minute; however, her first attempt drilled the post before her second offering drifted wide.
  • Saint Francis eventually got on the board in the 69th minute when Barbara Marcos de Carvalho netted her first goal of the year to pull the Red Flash within 2-1.
  • Sophomore Sharon Wojcik followed with a shot high in the 70th minute.
  • Kruse made another stop in the 85th minute to hold the Rams' lead.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Cressy, Conrad and Moik fired three shots apiece for VCU.  All three of Cressy's looks were on goal, including her PK in the 56th minute, which gave the Rams the lead for good.
  • Saint Francis held a 21-11 advantage in shots.

QUOTABLE: 
"Today was a good step in the right direction.  We are not where we need to be yet, but we are making strides.  It is all part of the process and every game we seem to learn more and more about ourselves.  We are pleased to get this first win and turn our attention to a very strong Georgetown team on Sunday."
-VCU Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel

WHAT'S AHEAD:
VCU faces 18th-ranked Georgetown on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m., which will mark the third ranked opponent for the Rams in their first four games.  The Black & Gold then hits the road for a pair of matches in the College of Charleston Tournament beginning with the host Cougars on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. 

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