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#5 Fordham Upset #4 VCU 0-1

#5 Fordham Upset #4 VCU 0-1

#4 VCU was held down defensively in a 0-1 defeat at the hands of #5 Fordham. Fordham avenged their loss at Sports Backers back in October to move on to the Semi-Finals of the Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship where they will play #8 George Mason.

At the opening whistle, VCU looked to have everything in control thanks to Kelly Graves, Kailyn Slade and Julia Suarez putting immediate pressure on Fordham’s back 4. Early corner kicks and strikes from Suarez followed by Graves did not find the back of the net but with this attack it looked as if one would soon.

Fordham was able to flip the script with a goal in the 15′ minute thanks to a through ball from Natalie Sims towards Brooke Salmon just outside the 18 and Sims sent it by Emma Kruse into the net for the lone goal of the contest.

From that moment on Fordham held a defensive grip on VCU. Limiting the Black & Gold to just six shots on the day and only two of the six were on target. Possession was on VCU’s side yet they just couldn’t do anything with it offensively in the match.

Emma Kruse was seen playing sweeper keeper in the 2nd half as VCU tried to get something going towards finding the equalizer but to no avail. The final whistle blew at Alumni Soccer Stadium confirming that the 2nd Battle of the Rams claimed victory for #5 Fordham.

Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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