VCU Women’s Soccer was in search of 3 points Thursday evening to stay afloat in the Atlantic 10 standings. Saint Joseph’s flew into Sports Backers for battle against the Rams where Alyssa Tallent’s boot made the difference.
Offensively the Rams held the striking advantage early; Lydnsey Gutzmer and Maddi Santo took VCU’s first two attempts on goal. Santo was working hard early in the 1st half with multiple scoring opportunities that had SJU’s defense on edge.
While Santo was taking strikes, Julia Suarez was causing the Hawks headaches with her footwork and passing. VCU’s forwards and midfielders worked well in the opening 45 minutes with 7 shots.
Saint Joseph’s opportunity came late in the 1st half to make something happen offensively. The Hawks tested Audrey Sanderson in goal around the 33′ minute with a strike that stretched the VCU goalkeeper out for the save.
Both teams traded momentum well into the 2nd half. VCU had a chance off a corner kick in the 66′ minute but there was a foul whistled on the Rams inside the box.
Tallent Breaks Through
In the 77′ minute, the Rams finally struck the back of Saint Joe’s net. Suarez passed it to Gutzmer as she sprinted down the right side towards the SJU box. Gutzmer hit a low cross into the box towards the post where Tallent finished the job for her third goal of the season.
The Hawks made an effort towards finding an equalizer but time was not on Saint Joe’s side. After 90 minutes of play, VCU emerged victorious 1-0 and took all 3 points at Sports Backers. With this victory, VCU improves to 2-1-2 in Atlantic 10 play and has 8 points.
Next up for VCU Women’s Soccer is a trip to Fairfax to take on George Mason on Sunday, October 8th. The match will begin at 1 PM.