FINAL: Richmond 3, VCU 0 – Final (Richmond, Va. – Sports Backers Stadium)
RECORDS: VCU (8-6-3, 3-2-2 A-10), Richmond (6-8-3, 3-3-1 A-10)
VCU STARTERS: #18 Kruse (GK), #2 Krasko, #5 Smith, #6 Ritter, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #10 Cressy, #32 Boyer, #33 Johansen, #35 Gogolin, #37 Moik
RICHMOND STARTERS: #99 O'Brien (GK), #7 Colligan, #9 Miller, #10 Kurtz, #12 Rooney, #13 Smith, #14 Layne, #15 Koczot, #19 Lybert, #20 Williams, #24 Podmajersky
- Richmond scored three second half goals en route to a 3-0 victory over VCU Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Courtney Conrad had a look in the 27th minute but Richmond goalkeeper Devin O'Brien made her first save of the match. Conrad's shot deflected to the left of the net before senior Jessie Krasko fired a strike from about 15 yards out; however, O'Brien came up with another stop less than a minute later.
- Junior Maren Johansen just missed the near post with a shot in the 30th minute. Sophomore Natalie Moik then launched a left-footed strike from the top of the box over a minute later but O'Brien registered her third save of the match.
- Richmond pulled ahead in the 48th minute when Jensen Smith drove down the left side of the field on a breakaway and found the far post for a 1-0 lead.
- Krasko had another look in the 56th minute as she just missed the crossbar on a shot from nearly 20 yards out.
- The Spiders extended their lead in the 63rd minute when Erin Layne finished a cross from Smith into the center of the net for a 2-0 advantage.
- VCU nearly got on the board four minutes later when senior Casey Boyer sent a cross from the left wing into the middle of the box but junior Alex Gogolin just missed the near post.
- Richmond netted an insurance score in the 69th minute when Shannon Colligan played a through ball to Ashley Williams, who finished lower right.
- Conrad's offering was blocked from just inside the box in the 71st minute before the Spiders came up with a team save on her fourth shot of the night five minutes later.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- VCU held a 16-5 advantage in shots.
- Conrad fired a game-high four shots with two on frame, while eight different Rams registered a shot.
"It was a tale of two halves. We looked very solid defensively in the first half before they snuck one in on a counter early in the second half, and we sort of unraveled. It's a hard lesson to learn this late in the year on senior night, fighting to get into the tournament, but I hope it is one [the players] take with them going forward.
"We do a good job of building up offensive play, but we have to do a better job of finishing our chances. When we put ourselves in a position to score we need to put the ball in the back of the net."
-Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU returns home for its regular season finale on Sunday, Nov. 3 against Saint Louis at 2:30 p.m. The top eight teams in the league then qualify for the Atlantic 10 Tournament Nov. 7-10 at Sports Backers Stadium.