Sports Backers was the place to be Thursday night as VCU took on George Washington in a match of Atlantic 10 unbeatens as they battled for 1st place in the conference.
In the first 45 minutes, GW controlled possession and the match. The Colonials was able to move the ball all around the pitch that forced VCU to take a more defensive approach in the early moments. VCU’s Gabby Dyer and Amanda Hallesjo stood out with their strong defensive game as they lead the Rams in the back 4.
VCU struggled offensively as GW gave them limited opportunities when they had the ball. Pouncing on VCU’s Julia Suarez in midfield while putting pressure on Kailyn Slade had the Rams on the ropes.
George Washington was able to break through with the opening goal from Nicole Belfonti. Kristi Abbate sent a long pass from the right side of the box straight to Belfonti and stuck the back of the net to give GW a 0-1 lead in the 33’.
Things got worse just before the half-time whistle as VCU conceited a 2nd goal in the 41’. Sofia Proska delivered a low pass to Abbate in the box. Abbate with her back to the goal was able to turn then shoot the ball pass Emma Kruse and into the upper 90 to increase GW’s lead to 0-2 as they headed into the locker rooms.
Entering the 2nd half, VCU were able to get it going offensively as they looked to shake things up. Nicole Malancone joined Slade and Suarez in VCU’s attack which lead to Slade having two close calls for the Rams.
GW once again was able to slow down VCU and it looked like more of the same from the 1st half. The Colonials were on cruise control thanks to their defense as the final whistle blew to give GW a 0-2 victory over VCU and sole possession of 1st place in the Atlantic 10.
VCU’s next match takes place on the road as they take on La Salle Sunday afternoon. Kick-off set for 1 PM.
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