Final Score: VCU 1, High Point 0
Location: High Point, N.C. (Vert Stadium)
Records: VCU (1-0-0), High Point (0-1-0)
THE SHORT STORY
A strike in the waning seconds of the match by junior Emma Kershner (Centraville, Va.) lifted VCU to a 1-0 victory on opening night against High Point.
- Emma Kershner scored the lone goal of the match in the 90th minute.
- The Rams piled up an impressive 21 shots, landing seven on frame.
- Junior Samantha Jerabek (Chesterfield, Va.) blasted a team-high five shots.
- VCU's defense held the Panthers to just one shot during the duration of the match.
- Junior Grace Young (Chesterfield, Va.) saved the only shot she faced on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams started on the offensive as junior CiCi Fox (Fredericksburg, Va.) notched a shot on target in the 2nd minute, forcing a save.
- VCU peppered the High Point goal in the first half, holding an 11-1 shot advantage at the break.
- Kershner nearly netted the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute when a shot hit the left post.
- One of the most dangerous offensive sequences came in the 87th minute after sophomore Idelys Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior Alyssa Tallent (Woodbridge, Va.) fired back-to-back shots that were saved by the Panthers' keeper.
- In the waning seconds of regulation time, Kershner dribbled through a host of defenders and slid a left-footed shot across goal, past the keeper to seal the victory.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"It took us until the last 20 seconds to be rewarded, but it was a well-deserved goal. We created chance after chance tonight, but need to be more clinical moving forward. High Point did well to defend our services and create traffic in the box, making it difficult for clean, unobstructed contact on frame. For a first game of the season, we are happy with where we stand, but need to clean up our play as we progress through non-conference play."
VCU travels to Farmville, Va. Sunday, Aug. 25 for a clash with Longwood at 7:00 p.m. ET.