Final Score: VCU: 2, UMass: 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 9-6-3 (4-5-2), UMass: 9-5-3 (6-3-1)
THE SHORT STORY
VCU rounded out its season with strong senior performances and two second-half goals that lifted the Rams to a 2-1 victory on Senior Day at Sports Backers Stadium.
- VCU took a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute when senior Alyssa Tallent (Woodbridge, Va.) found the back of the net.
- Junior Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) added to the VCU goal total when she banged in a free kick to give the Rams a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute.
- UMass cut the lead in half 2-1 with a goal in the 90th minute.
- The Rams outshot UMass 17-14 and landed seven shots on frame.
- Junior Paige Franks (Richmond, Va.) led the way with four shots on the afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU came out of the gate hot. Senior Amanda Tredway (Downingtown, Pa.) put VCU's first shot on frame in the fifth minute to force a save.
- The Rams had a good look in the 24th minute when Tallent played in a great ball from the left side to a waiting Franks, but the shot was just high.
- Senior Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.) tested the Minutewomen's keeper yet again in the 26thminute with another shot on frame and the save was made.
- The Rams continued to pepper the UMass goal with shots. Junior CiCi Fox (Fredricksburg, Va.) put yet another on frame in the 40th minute.
- VCU had outshot UMass 10-4 at the half and limited the Minutewomen to just one shot on frame that was easily handled by sophomore Brecht Haakma (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
- VCU opened the game's scoring in the 47th minute. Junior Lyndsey Gutzmer (Henrico Va.) played a wide ball to Friedrichs who one-touched a cross into the box. Tallent was there to head the ball home for a 1-0 lead.
- The Rams wasted little time getting back on the board. After VCU earned a free kick just outside the 18, Kershner banged a free kick off the left post into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
- In the 70th minute, Haakma came off her line and stopped a streaking UMass runner to keep the Minutewomen off the board.
- UMass continued to push and got on the board in the 90th minute with a breakaway goal, but it was too little too late for the Minutewomen.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"I think we showed today that we are a great team and we were just inconsistent this year with our performances and we let it get away from us. It was a great performance today and I'm really proud of how we came together after a lot of adversity and got the win today. I certainly wish our seniors well as they move on to future endevors. They have been awesome for us."
VCU's fall season comes to a close with a 9-6-3 record while going 4-5-2 in Atlantic 10 play.