FINAL: VCU 2, Coastal Carolina 1 – OT (College of Charleston Tournament – Charleston, S.C.)
RECORDS: VCU (2-4-0), Coastal Carolina (3-2-1)
VCU STARTERS: #18 Kruse (GK), #2 Krasko, #6 Ritter, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Wojcik, #10 Cressy, #19 Ernest, #32 Boyer, #33 Johansen, #37 Moik
COASTAL CAROLINA STARTERS: #0 Spencer (GK), #5 Flatter, #6 Phillips, #9 Taylor, #10 Jonsson, #12 Clark, Al., #13 Clark, Am., #14 Adams, #15 Williams, #16 Patterson, #22 Valentine
- Senior Taryn Cressy scored off a corner kick in the 99th minute to lift VCU to a 2-1 overtime victory against Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon in Charleston, S.C.
- The teams traded goals within a one-minute stretch early in the second half before eventually forcing overtime. Junior Maren Johansen gave the Rams a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute before Fla Jonsson answered less than a minute later.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU threatened early as the Rams fired four shots in the first 12 minutes of the match. Senior Bex Kunz's offering was blocked in the sixth minute before Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Megan Spencer collected a save on a shot from sophomore Abbey Ritter two minutes later.
- Senior Courtney Conrad drilled the crossbar with a strike in the 10th minute and Spencer was forced to make another stop on a shot from Johansen in the 12th.
- Rams sophomore keeper Emma Kruse made a pair of saves in the 16th and 21st minutes to keep the Chanticleers off the board.
- VCU nearly broke the scoreless tie just before intermission when freshman Carson Cyphers' look sailed wide left in the 42nd minute before senior Jessie Krasko's shot hit the post in the 44th minute.
- The Rams started the second half just as they did in the first, firing six shots through the first 11 minutes from five different players. The offensive pressure paid off as Johansen eventually gave VCU a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute when she made a long run up the right side and found the net from about six yards out.
- Coastal Carolina answered just over a minute later and knotted the match at 1-1 as Jonsson scored across the goal mouth from the left side.
- Spencer came up with another save on a header shot from sophomore Natalie Moik in the 66th minute.
- VCU made another push late in regulation. Junior Alex Gogolin's shot was blocked in the 87th minute before sophomore Jackie Ernest's look was deflected 30 seconds later. Johansen then fired back the rebound wide left.
- Conrad tried to win it for the Rams early in overtime but Spencer made her sixth save of the game in the 93rd minute. Junior Casey Boyer had a pair of looks a minute later but couldn't find the net. Conrad's fourth shot of the game in the 97th minute was blocked as VCU outshot Coastal Carolina 5-0 in OT.
- The Rams continued to push and Cressy eventually netted the game-winner with less than 30 seconds remaining in overtime when her corner kick went directly in the net to give VCU its second win in four matches.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Johansen and Cressy each scored their second goals of the season.
- VCU outshot Coastal Carolina 25-7, including 18-4 during the second half and overtime periods.
- The Rams held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
- Conrad fired a game-high four shots for VCU, while Boyer and Johansen registered three apiece.
- A season-high 13 players collected a shot for the Rams.
- Cressy, Conrad and Johansen earned All-Tournament recognition.
"We are proud of our team effort today. It's never easy on Sunday games after pushing so hard on Friday nights. We were able to generate a ton of chances this weekend and were a bit unlucky at times not to get on the board more frequently. We have to do a better job of finishing our chances moving forward so that we don't put ourselves in do or die situations like we did today and Friday. Fortunately we held strong today, persevered and scored the game-winner in the final two minutes of OT."
-VCU Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel
WHAT'S AHEAD: After playing six straight road matches to open the season, VCU returns to Sports Backers Stadium for its home opener against Maine on Friday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The Rams then host Campbell on Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m.