The UMass Minutewomen had struggled on the road coming into their match with the VCU Rams 0-5-1 away record. While the Rams hit some bumps in the early season they have dominated in conference play and currently rank #2 in the A-10. The Rams had won 7 of their last 8 games but the Minutewomen had some quality home wins scoring 8 goals in their last 2 home games. This game would prove that sometimes a match really is a tale of 2 very different halves.
The Rams came out with an early aggressive offense and some solid opportunities in the first half while the Minutewomen struggled to get chances at the VCU net. VCU took an early lead off a goal from Sharon Wojcik who dribbled past defenders to land one in the back of the net. In the 18th minute the Rams would land their second goal off a finish from Julia Suarez and an assist from Tori Burress. Giving them an early advantage that they would maintain till the end of the half. UMass found a few opportunities but couldn’t finish and VCU held a comfortable lead of 2-0 going into halftime.
The Minutewomen found another gear when they returned to the pitch for the second half. In an unexpected and quick turn of events Jackie Bruno chipped into the VCU lead with an unassisted goal in the 47th minute. Shortly after the equalizer occurred when Daniela Alvarez was credited with the assist as Rebek Sverrisdottir finishes a loose ball in front of the net. In the first 7 minutes the Rams went from a 2-0 lead to a 2-2 tie with the Minutewomen and the real battle on the pitch began. Both teams went hard pursuing the opportunity for another goal and the advantage. UMass almost had it but their celebration was cut short when their 3rd goal was waived off for offsides. Despite active play from both sides the half would end with a tie of 2-2.
In the chase for the golden goal both teams came up short and neither was able to score that elusive match winning goal moving the Rams to 6-1-1 in conference play with 2 regular season games remaining.
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