VCU Women’s Soccer returned to Fairfax as the #6 seed for a duel against #3 George Mason in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals. The match took every second of the 90 minutes to decide the victor in a win or go home scenario Sunday afternoon.
George Mason drew first blood in the 20′ minute. Emily Littell slotted a pass towards Shannon Lee for a shooting opportunity. Audrey Sanderson couldn’t get her gloves on it as the Patriots went up 1-0 early in the 1st half.
VCU mustered up a pair of corner kicks just before halftime. Neither one resulted in an equalizer as Mason’s defense cleared away the danger. The Patriots took the 1-0 lead into the half as VCU’s search for a goal continued.
Back To Square 1
Megan Dell provided VCU what they were searching for in the 49′ minute. Tori Browne passed it to Dell on the attack towards the box. Dell took a chance from 15 yards and sunk the ball into the upper 90 for the equalizer. The Rams were back in business as the match continued at 1-1.
A 2nd wind was captured by the Rams on offense. Amanda Tredway nearly put VCU into the lead however the crossbar had other ideas. Amanda Hallesjo and Kimberly Ito took chances on the frame that had George Mason’s defense on edge.
The Patriots did not go away quietly as the 2nd half continued. Susanna Freidrichs made a key block on a Mason header that nearly hit the back of the net. With 10 minutes left in the match, VCU and George Mason laid it all on the pitch in hopes of a game winner.
Heading To The Next Round
At the 89′ minute mark, Freidrichs & Dell secured the result for the Black & Gold. Freidrichs sent in a VCU corner kick that hit her target in the box. Dell was able to get a header on the ball and it hit the back of the net. The senior defender notched her fourth goal of the season at arguably the perfect time for the Rams.
VCU were full of emotion as the final whistle was signaled. 2-1 on the scoreboard was the final result as #6 VCU advances to the Atlantic 10 semi-finals.
VCU Women’s Soccer returns home to Sports Backers Stadium to take on #7 Saint Joesph’s in the A-10 Semi-finals. That match is scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM on Friday, November 3rd.