Spun Rams, Richmond Tangles VCU in a Web
There was some Friday night entertainment at Cary Street Field involving a Field Hockey rivalry. In-state college neighbors VCU and Richmond took the field to see which would claim bragging rights and an Atlantic 10 conference victory.
The 1st half was a defensive stalemate between VCU and Richmond. Both teams traded possession for the majority of the half with just nine total shots taken. Emily McNamara led VCU’s offense with five of the Rams six shots. No shots found the back of the goal and the score remained 0-0 at the half-time buzzer.
A goal search was not needed as the 2nd half started. VCU struck first in the 45th minute when Emily McNamara deflected Rebecca Ward’s shot into the back of the net. McNamara scored her 11th goal of the season and took first blood for the Black & Gold.
Richmond quickly equalized the 1-0 deficit in less than four minutes. Jessica Bishop found Kasey Gilbride on the assist near the goal and Gilbride tied things up at 1-1 in the 49th minute. Gilbride was not done and earned her second goal of the match in the 53rd minute by finishing off a Richmond penalty corner.
VCU increased the intensity searching for an equalizer to tie it up. The Rams put tremendous pressure on the ball and kept Richmond limited on offense. As the Rams moved forward they created a couple of opportunities late in the 2nd half but they were unable to capitalize with a second goal.
Close but no victory for VCU as Richmond tangled the Rams in their web to claim a 2-1 victory at Cary Street Field. The Rams now fall to 1-5 in Atlantic 10 play and 5-9 overall.
The Rams continue their homestand at Cary Street Field on Sunday, October 23rd hosting William & Mary. That game is scheduled to start at 1 PM.
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