FINAL: VCU 4, Campbell 0 (Richmond, Va. – Sports Backers Stadium)
RECORDS: VCU (4-4-0), Campbell (4-3-0)
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
CAMPBELL STARTERS: #1 Conners (GK), #3 Hopkins, #5 Procaccini, #7 Thorsvik, #8 Messier, #12 Gupton, #17 Costello-Mays, #18 Schneider, #23 Ormsby, #25 Prada, #26 Ahlholm
- Sophomore Natalie Moik scored three goals within the first 22 minutes and helped VCU post its second straight shutout with a 4-0 victory over Campbell on Sunday afternoon at Sports Backers Stadium.
- Junior Alex Gogolin added an insurance score in the 71st minute as the Rams picked up their third straight win and fourth in their last six games.
- Including its back-to-back shutouts, VCU has not allowed a goal in 220 minutes, outscoring its opponents 7-0 during that stretch.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU wasted little time getting on the board as Moik put the Rams on top 1-0 in just the fourth minute. Junior Maren Johansen played a ball to Moik on the left side of the box, where she beat Alexis Conners for the early lead.
- The Rams capitalized on another opportunity less than four minutes later and quickly took a 2-0 advantage. Senior Courtney Conrad drove down the right side of the field and sent a cross to Moik on the far post, where she then sent a header past Conners to the lower right side.
- Sophomore Sharon Wojcik nearly found the net again in the 10th minute when she fired a strike from the top of the box but Connors made her only save of the match as she soon exited the game in favor of Samantha Lawson.
- Campbell's first look came shortly after in the 11th minute. Caitlin Schneider lifted a shot from 25 yards out on the left wing off a free kick to the far post but Rams' sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kruse registered her first save.
- Moik scored for the third time in the 22nd minute when she took a feed from Wojcik and finished upper left to push VCU's lead to 3-0.
- Conrad tried to extend the Rams' lead in the 33rd minute but Lawson made her only save of the game.
- Freshman Ana Clara Vale Lopes drove toward the net, cut to her right and fired a shot that just missed the far post in the 44th minute.
- Campbell's Murita Storey made a run through the box in the 67th minute but Kruse came out and redirected the shot to keep the Camels off the board.
- Gogolin extended the Rams' lead to 4-0 in the 71st minute when she directed a shot from the far right edge of the box into the left corner of the net.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- All three of Moik's goals were the first of her career as she played in just three matches in 2012.
- Gogolin scored her second goal of the season, while Johansen and Wojcik each collected their second assists of the year.
- Kruse logged three saves in net for the Rams en route to her second straight shutout.
- Four of VCU's first six shots were on goal with three scores.
- The Rams held a 13-5 advantage in shots, including a 6-3 margin in shots on goal.
- Moik, Kruse, Conrad and senior Jessie Krasko were all named to the all-tournament team. VCU won its own tournament with a 2-0 record.
"We've been harping on some of the same things throughout preseason and throughout the last several weeks, and I feel like it's finally coming together for us. I was glad to see we were able to keep a clean sheet in both games this weekend as well as get on the board with six goals. We're happy with ourselves right now but just want to continue moving forward. These wins are good for us. They're confidence builders. [They also allow us] to understand how we want to play and making sure we do the little things right."
-Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel on VCU's play this weekend
"[Natalie] is a really special player and when she's able to take players on and do what she does best she's hard to defend. She did a really good job of getting in and finishing her opportunities. I'm really proud of her effort today."
-Vanderspiegel on Moik's hat trick
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU travels to former CAA rival and Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason on Friday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Rams return to Sports Backers Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 22 against Elon at 1 p.m.