Final Score: VCU 1, Richmond 0
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 8-10-1 (4-6-0), Richmond 9-9-1 (4-6-0)
The Short Story: Lightning in a bottle struck in the 92nd minute of what turned out to be the season finale for the VCU Rams on Sunday afternoon, as Julia Suarez knocked home a game-winning goal in overtime to send the Black and Gold home with a 1-0 victory over the Richmond Spiders. The Rams will end their season with an 8-10-1 record overall, with a 4-6 Atlantic-10 Conference record as well.
- Despite the victory, the Rams will miss out on the Atlantic-10 Championships based on common opponents. A three-way tie between VCU, Richmond, and Rhode Island went to the Rams up north.
- Suarez's sixth goal now officially gives her the team lead in goals for the season, as well as the team's points leader. Maddi Santo would be the only other Ram to finish in double-digit points.
- The Rams held Richmond to only two shots on net for the contest, with Audrey Sanderson making both saves in the winning effort.
- Both teams combined for a total 23 fouls, which led to a physical bout over the afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amanda Tredway got the offense started early with a shot on net from inside the 18 in the third minute. However, Richmond goalkeeper Carlie Blessing made the save to keep it 0-0 early.
- The chunk of the first half would essentially be played at the midfield with both teams exchanging possession with nobody able to capitalize.
- In the final minute of the first half, Rachel Hardy would make things interesting with a shot that would ring off the crossbar, but not in, keeping the score 0-0 into halftime.
- The Rams came out firing in the second half, with Maddi Santo and Susanna Friedrichs each grabbing a shot but to no avail.
- As the 70th minute ticked down, both the Rams and Spiders each rang a shot off the post just a minute apart. Brooke Beam got a chance for Richmond, while Tori Browne smacked one off the post as well.
- Audrey Sanderson and Blessing each made key saves down the stretch for both of their respective squads, while Browne added one of the better shots on net for VCU in the 78th minute. However, things stayed 0-0 after 90 minutes, forcing overtime.
- It only took 112 seconds into overtime for Julia Suarez to send home a shot from the left side of the 18 inside far post to give the Black and Gold the 1-0 win over their cross town rivals.