Final Score: VCU: 0, Wake Forest: 0
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Spry Stadium)
Records: VCU (4-0-1), Wake Forest (4-0-1)
THE SHORT STORY
VCU remains unbeaten in its first five matches after a scoreless 110-minute match against #25 Wake Forest Thursday night at Spry Stadium.
- VCU outshot the Demon Deacons 17-10.
- Redshirt sophomore Grace Young (Chesterfield, Va.) was solid between the pipes, securing five saves for her third shutout of the season.
- The Rams won the corner kick battle taking five to Wake Forest's two.
- VCU spread its offense around with nine Rams combining for the squad's 17 shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a slow offensive start to the match, Wake Forest got off the first shot of the game, and Young was there to make the comfortable save.
- Sophomore Idelys Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.) had the Rams' first big chance of the contest in the 29th minute, positioning herself in between the keeper and the ball to get a head on the end of a corner kick. Her shot went just wide to keep things scoreless.
- Wake Forest pressed early in the second half, putting a shot on frame in the 46th minute, but Young made another save to protect the clean sheet.
- Jerabek had a great look in the 50th minute, beating the Wake Forest defense for a one-on-one opportunity, but the Demon Deacon's keeper came off her line and prevented Jerabek from getting a shot off.
- Senior Alyssa Tallent (Woodbridge, Va.) nearly punched in a go-ahead goal in the 59th minute with a breakaway of her own. She was able to get a brilliant shot off, but the Wake Forest keeper got her fingertips on it and deflected the ball enough to bang off the crossbar.
- Both overtime periods saw back-and-forth action with play on both ends of the field, but ultimately neither team was able to find the back of the net.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"I'm very proud of our performance this evening. We were disciplined and gritty throughout, all while creating the better chances in the final third. I told the team that when we are our best selves, we can compete with anyone in the country and I hope they proved that to themselves tonight."
The Rams will return home for a tilt with Old Dominion on Sunday, September 8. Kickoff at Sports Backers Stadium is slated for 5 p.m. with the men's match to follow.