Final Score: VCU: 0, SLU: 4
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 6-3-1 (0-1, A-10), SLU: 7-3-1 (1-0, A-10)
THE SHORT STORY
Despite an evenly matched second half, a flurry of first half goals were enough for Saint Louis to defeat VCU 4-0 in Richmond on Thursday.
- This is the first meeting of the teams since the 2018 Atlantic 10 Tournament Finals where the Billikens were victorious.
- SLU got on the board early with a goal in the 8th minute.
- Back-to-back goals in the 33rd and 35th minutes gave Saint Louis a 3-0 lead.
- In the final minute of the first half, Saint Louis earned a penalty kick and converted for a 4-0 lead.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Saint Louis' first goal of the night came off a shot from well outside the 18-yard box that floated just under the cross bar.
- VCU launched a promising attack in the 18th minute when junior Lyndsey Gutzmer (Henrico, Va.) streaked up the right side and put in a beautiful ball just in front of the goal, but the Saint Louis keeper charged off her line and scooped up the ball.
- The Billikens scored on a corner kick and on a takeaway to take the 3-0 lead after the first 35 minutes.
- Sophomore Idelys Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.) provided a spark of the bench. In the 42nd minute, she was able to split the defense and charge towards the ball in the box, but the SLU keeper made the clearance just seconds before Vazquez was able to get a shot off.
- After the VCU keeper came of her line and collided with a Saint Louis player, the Billikens were awarded a penalty kick and converted from the spot for a 4-0 lead just before halftime.
- Junior Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) ripped the first VCU shot of the night in the 57th minute, but it was wide.
- VCU was able to get off four more shots in the half, but were unable to put any on frame.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"Saint Louis is a great team and we knew that coming in, yet we didn't hit the field ready. I think everybody could see that in the first half we weren't ready and they pounced all over us. They created opportunities through being more physical and more confrontational and in transition and attacking they are a very good team. What we can take away from it is a page out of that book; can we be more physical and win more first and second balls? Because we are a very good attacking team as well."
VCU will continue Atlantic 10 play on the road at George Mason Sunday, September 29 with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.