After coming up short against George Mason, VCU Women’s Soccer looked to turn the page against Richmond. In this newest chapter of this cross-town derby, defense was on the menu as the Rams kept the Spiders grounded in victory formation.
The Rams came out firing in the 1st half. Samantha Jerabek nearly had the opening goal near the 3’ minute mark but the crossbar denied her chance. Alyssa Tallent and Ingrid Brouwer also had opportunities that just spun wide. Kimberly Ito scored the opening goal for VCU in the 25’ minute. Julia Suarez connected with Ito with a cross as she scored her second goal of the year.
Richmond had a difficult time creating offensive chances. The Rams were able to smother the Spiders with ball control and defensive pressure across the pitch. UR was able to muster up a pair of chances late that could not hit the back of the net. VCU connected on 8 strikes in the first 45 minutes and held a 1-0 lead after the half-time whistle.
The defense continued being VCU’s strength in the 2nd half. Audrey Sanderson kept the ball away from her position in goal while the backline kept Richmond’s forwards in check. Strikes were scarce for Richmond with only 8 shots for the match.
Suarez made a handful of plays to jumpstart the Black & Gold offense. The junior forward created chances with her footwork and had some corner kick opportunities that nearly doubled VCU’s lead. Late in the 2nd half, Tallent got a header on target that was saved by the Spiders.
Things nearly got chippy as Richmond sent a chip towards goal that forced Sanderson to make a leaping save near closing time. One final corner kick for Richmond was cleared away by the Rams in the final moments as the 2nd half came to a dramatic end. VCU bounced back with 3 points against their cross-town rivals in a 1-0 victory on the road.
VCU improves to 3-2-2 in Atlantic 10 play with 11 points. The Rams return home to Sports Backers on Sunday, October 15th for a conference match against St. Bonaventure.