With inclement weather in the version of Tropical Storm Michael heading to RVA, VCU Women’s Soccer had their match with Richmond rescheduled for Thursday morning. This Commonwealth derby felt the wrath of a Black & Gold Ram-a-cane that dealt severe damage on the goal repeatedly.
WARNING: Goals Heading Your Way!
Richmond got their offense started early in the 1st half but VCU drew first blood in the 12th minute. Off the VCU corner kick from Emma Kershner, Sarah Gibson headed the ball to Amanda Tredway on the run near the 6-yard line. With a flick of the foot, the ball was scored for Tredway’s second goal of the season that put VCU ahead 1-0.
Idelys Vazquez nearly doubled the Rams lead just two minutes later however the shot bounced off the post. Another opportunity for Vazquez sprung off an intercepted pass by Samantha Jerabek near the attacking third. Jerabek sent Vazquez past Richmond’s defense and into the box for a 1v1 against the keeper. Vazquez won the battle with a chip over the keeper into the left corner to make it 2-0 Rams in the 24th minute.
Richmond Evacuated The Premises
The Ram-a-cane ran through the Spiders’ defensive line with no remorse. The offense had extra wattage in the reserve with multiple Rams forward and attacking heavily. Kimberly Ito struck the ball brilliantly in the 32nd minute with a bending strike from the 18-yard line that hit the upper 90. Everything was going the way of the Rams with a 3-0 lead against their rivals from the other side of RVA.
Richmond would finally breakthrough VCU’s pressure and deliver three strikes that were saved by VCU goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson in the half. Things would get worse for the Spiders with the Black & Gold threatening their goal once again.
Andddd…How About 1 More?
In the 39th minute, Stephanie Stahl had Richmond’s undivided attention in the penalty area. Stahl made a low pass across the box to wide open Megan Enos in front of the goal. Enos tapped in her first goal of the season to put VCU further ahead at 4-0.
VCU outstruck Richmond 13-5 in the opening 45 minutes of the match. The Rams kept the same energy amongst the 2nd half whistle with constant defensive pressure, good ball movement and strike after strike on goal.
One Last Bite & More Collateral Offense
Cassidy Bennetti played spoiler to VCU’s clean sheet with a 30-yard strike from the left side that swerved past Sanderson into the bottom right corner of the net. This well-placed kick gave the visitors some satisfaction during a long day on the pitch against the Rams.
Even with conceding a goal, the Black & Gold kept their head up and boots firing. Once again VCU outshot Richmond 12-4 in the second half and 25-9 in total. Samantha Jerabek led the VCU squad with 5 shots. 12 different Rams took a strike on goal versus Richmond during the match. Audrey Sanderson made four saves in goal for the Black & Gold.
Points Secured! / Who’s Next?
A 4-1 victory for the home team at Sports Backers Stadium with VCU taking all 3 points versus Richmond. VCU improved to 6-1 in A-10 Play with 18 points and remain within striking distance of the top spot in the A-10 rankings.
Coming up for the Rams is a road trip on Sunday, October 14th at Massachusetts. VCU battles UMass for 3 points in the A-10 at 1 PM.