It was a long 90 minutes of regulation play between cross town rivals VCU and UR as the women’s soccer programs battled it out on the pitch to a stalemate. Julia Suarez celebrated her birthday by scoring the game winning golden goal in OT to end the Rams 2016-17 season on a high note. It may have been the icing on the cake for the day, but it wasn’t the end of the season that the team had in mind.
Both the Rams and Spiders struggled in the first half. There was something just off in the pace and the teams couldn’t quite get the tempo up. An early shot from Amanda Tredway in the 3rd minute was saved by Carlie Blessing and neither team was able to make headway on offense. Possessions were traded back and forth but progression to box eluded both sides. The Rams came close in the 45th minute when Rachel Hardy hit a shot that rang off the crossbar the teams ended with a 0-0 draw headed into half time.
The teams got more aggressive in the second half but the Rams passing went untouched often when there was no one to connect at the destination. Maddie Santo kicked the offense off early with a shot in the 50th minute but Blessing once again came up with a save for the Spiders. Meaghan Carrigan took aim at the VCU net but Audrey Sanderson was able to keep UR at bay with a save of her own. Ashley Gross took aim in the 73rd minute but Sanderson came up with her second save to keep the Rams in the game. Both teams tallied 6 opportunities in the final half of regulation with each goal keeper adding 2 saves. At the buzzer both teams had clean sheets and a 0-0 draw.
Suarez didn’t hesitate in overtime and quick aggression from the black and gold allowed them to finally capitalize and find the back of the net in under 2 minutes. The lone goal of the game was the icing on the cake for a Rams season that came to a close at home. The Rams finished 8-10-1 on the season and 4-6 in Atlantic 10 play.
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