WOMEN'S SOCCER DROPS HEARTBREKER IN OT AT SAINT LOUIS, 2-1

Final Score: Saint Louis 2, VCU 1
Location: Hermann Stadium (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Records: VCU 7-10-1 (3-6-0), Saint Louis 13-3-2 (6-1-2) 

The Short Story: Maddi Santo put the VCU Rams ahead in the first 45 minutes on Thursday night in a tough road match at Saint Louis. However, the Billikens would post a goal to tie before the 90 minute mark, and grab a game-winner just under three minutes into overtime to defeat the Black and Gold by the final score of 2-1. 

QUICK FACTS 

  • Saint Louis would hold the advantage in shots, doubling VCU's effort 20-10, and also held an advantage in corner opportunities 7-3.
  • Julia Suarez took a team-high three shots, with all three of her attempts also going on net.
  • Including Suarez, seven different Rams took shots on the evening.
  • Audrey Sanderson made six saves on the night in the losing effort in just over 90 minutes of play. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • For the first 17 minutes of play, it was all Saint Louis in the offensive zone. During that span, the Billikens had five corner opportunities, and five shots as well. 
  • However, in the 18th minute, VCU converted their first solid offensive opportunity as Santo punched home a goal from the middle of the box to put the Rams up 1-0.
  • The Black and Gold managed just two other shots during the first half, but were a brick wall defensively as they maintained the 1-0 lead after the first 45 minutes of play.
  • The first 15 minutes of the second half brought a balanced attack from both squads, as each managed at least two shots and a corner opportunity apiece.
  • VCU had a solid opportunity off a corner kick in the 73rd minute, as Julia Suarez attempted to put the Rams up by two goals. However, her shot was saved and the score stayed 1-0.
  • The levee would give in the 82nd minute, as Saint Louis broke through with a game-tying goal from Maddie Pokorny. Her second goal of the season came from a shot from the corner of the box, tying things up at 1-1.
  • The game would remain tied through 90 minutes of play, forcing things to head to overtime.
  • Just 2:21 into overtime, Lindsay Sands would strike the game-winner for the Billikens, as she sent home a shot from the point of the box on a pass from Danielle Tolmais. It would seal a 2-1 win for Saint Louis. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

VCU returns to the pitch this Sunday afternoon, as they will host cross-town rival Richmond. The game will be the Rams final home game at Sports Backers for the season, and will kick off at 1 p.m.