VCU Women’s Soccer was dealt a good hand to kick-off their Atlantic 10 campaign. The Rams won their last two matches and headed into their A-10 opener against a winless St. Bonaventure squad. A Thursday evening in New York was just another night for VCU to handle business successfully on the pitch.
What Home-Field Advantage?
Cici Fox and Samantha Jerabek kick-started the Black & Gold offense. Moments after kick-off, VCU grounded St. Bonaventure and played keep away with the ball. Jerabek sent some promising corner kicks into the penalty area while Fox nearly scored on a pair of shot attempts.
St. Bonaventure was able to register their first strike in the 12th minute that spun wide right of the net. During an 18 minute span in between their next chance, VCU created three more opportunities on goal. Lauren Malcolm stayed strong in goal for the Bonnies with save after save.
Jerabek Goal! (Spoiler Alert!)
Under two minutes remained in the 1st half and a goal finally took place. In the 44th minute, Susanna Friedrichs sent a high cross into the New York night sky for VCU. The ball came crashing down towards Jerabek a couple yards away from her target. Jerabek’s shot was deflected off Malcolm’s gloves and hit the back of the net far post.
A disappointed team of Bonnies had to bear the reality that VCU’s 6th shot attempt of the 1st half was the breakthrough. Halftime arrived in the delight of the visitors as the Rams held a 1-0 lead.
But That’s Not All!
The 2nd half featured more from the Rams along with two more goals. Alyssa Tallent scored her first goal of the season in the 60th minute. A battle for possession went down in St. Bonaventure’s box directly in front of the goal. Jerabek thinking quickly passed the ball towards Tallent and she finished the job putting the Rams up 2-0 on the road.
SBU was able to take two strikes on target towards Audrey Sanderson and the VCU goalkeeper denied the Bonnies twice. Defending for the Rams did their job with pressure on the ball and keeping the ball upfield as much as possible.
All 3 points that were up for grabs in this conference match was locked up by Jerabek with her 5th goal of the season. Malcolm was stuck in no man’s land for St. Bona and Jerabek grasped the opportunity with an open net goal in the 80th minute.
Starting A-10 Play on the Good Boot
Another successful business trip for the Black & Gold in the Empire State. VCU travels back home with all 3 points in their Atlantic 10 opener and a 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure. Along with being 1-0 in conference play, the Rams improve to 6-2 overall on the year.
Next up for VCU Women’s Soccer is a home match versus George Mason on Sunday, September 23rd. Kick-off starts at 2 PM in Sports Backers Stadium.