FINAL: VCU 1, American 0 (Washington, D.C.)
VCU STARTERS: #89 Carden (GK), #6 White, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Granados, #12 Edgcomb, #15 Moore, #16 Hutchinson, #20 Acosta, #23 Hovanesian, #32 Boyer
AMERICAN STARTERS: #5 Lazor (GK), #8 Montilio, #9 Beard, #11 DeRiggi, #12 Mohandesi, #16 Donovan, #20 Eriksen, #24 Smith, #25 Paviglionite, #27 Tatro, #29 Cowgill
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU, which fired six of the first seven shots, set the tone in the first few minutes of the match. The Rams had several chances in the early going, including three shots in the first six minutes, two of which were on goal. Senior Wendy Acosta had a look just over a minute into the match before classmate Carly Edgcomb and junior Courtney Conrad fired shots soon after.
- Sophomore Cristin Granados had her first chance on a free kick in the 15th minute. The Cartago, Costa Rica native fired a shot but it sailed just high over the crossbar.
- Moments later, the Rams had one of their best opportunities of the first half. Junior Brianne Moore sent a cross inside the box, which deflected off the post, right before Conrad sent a one-timer just high.
- American's lone shot on goal in the opening period came in the 30th minute off the foot of Carleigh Morba, but Rams senior goalkeeper Kristin Carden made a diving stop, which was her only save of the game.
- After firing seven first-half shots, VCU was finally able to take the lead one minute before intermission. Senior Lauryn Hutchinson took a quick free kick, and found Acosta streaking down the box. Acosta got her head on the ball and beat the keeper high to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
- American goalkeeper Klare Lazor, who finished with four saves, made a stop on a shot from sophomore Casey Boyer in the 62nd minute.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Acosta's goal was the first of her career. Hutchinson also logged her first career assist on the play.
- The Rams outshot American 14-6, including a 6-2 advantage in the second half.
- Carden posted her first shutout of the season, and now has nine during her two-year VCU career.
- Eight different Rams fired shots. Acosta, Conrad and Granados finished with a team-high three apiece.
"It's great to get the win today. We came out and were dangerous early. That's been an area where we've been looking to improve. American is a tough team of competitors and they defended well. It was a very physical match for 90 minutes. We're proud of the result and the effort put in to earn it."
-VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak
VCU returns to Sports Backers Stadium for back-to-back home matches. The Rams host Big East foe Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m., before facing UMBC on Sept. 14.