Final Score: Old Dominion: 4, VCU 3
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU (4-1-1), Old Dominion (4-0-1)
The Short Story
After a wild first half that saw six goals scored, a tally in the 75th minute proved to be the difference as VCU took its first loss of the 2019 season.
- The Rams outshot the Monarchs, 15-to-10, including a 7-to-5 advantage in shots on goal
- VCU also took five corner kicks compared to just two for Old Dominion
- Junior midfielder Samantha Jerabek (Chesterfield, Va.) looked dangerous all night, leading VCU with five shots
- Kyra Ricks used her excellent speed to match Jerabek and pace ODU with five shot attempts of her own. She finished the game with two goals and an assist
HOW IT HAPPENED
- ODU opened the scoring in the 14thminute on a goal by Amanda Nhek
- Senior defender Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.) and redshirt junior midfielder Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) proceeded to score back-to-back goals in the 15thand 24thminutes to give VCU its first lead
- The Monarchs answered back quickly, striking for a pair of goals in the 28thand 31stminutes to go right back in front
- VCU continued to push forward late in the first half and eventually found the back of the net again as junior forward CiCi Fox (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored with only 12 seconds left before halftime
- The game evolved into a much more defensive contest in the second half, but Old Dominion caught VCU's goalkeeper off her line with a long shot that just snuck inside the far post in the 75thminute
- The Rams pressed high for the final 15 minutes as they looked for an equalizer, but were rebuffed by the Monarchs' defense until the clock hit zero
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"It just wasn't our day and there was a noticeable lack of effort, which is very uncharacteristic of our team. We're really talented, but we didn't look like it for much of the game. When you're not playing with the effort that you typically do, bad things are going to happen and you could see that in the first half especially. Old Dominion played like they wanted it more, but hopefully this is a lesson for us that we can never overlook anyone."
VCU hits the road to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.