The VCU Rams opened their season with a 4-2 win against ODU at home but since then the Rams have struggled offensively. Their match against the #10 Virginia Tech Hokies would prove no different. The Hokies visited Richmond bringing a 5-0-1 record with them. The Rams spent most of the first half disrupting the Hokies offensive attacks forcing the ball out of bounds and displaying their defensive prowess. In some impressive moments from goal keeper Emma Kruse and her back line VCU maintained a clean sheet for the first 36 minutes of play. After a stalemate for the majority of the first half VT turned up the pressure resulting in back to back goals from #13 Alani Johnson (her second and third of the season) in under a minute. Johnson’s first goal came off an assist from # 17 Bria Dixon and for the second #29 Caroline Kerns came through for the Hokies. In a brazen attempt at an early hat trick Johnson went for a third less than 2 minutes later but Kruse came in with another save. The Hokies took 12 shots with 7 on goal during the first 45 minutes and were held at bay by the Rams defense and 5 saves by veteran goalie Emma Kruse. In contrast the Rams took only 5 shots in the first half with no success getting near the back of the net. Ending the first half with a Hokie lead and the Rams down 0-2 at home.
The Rams offensive struggles continued into the second half. The Hokies came out swinging with an offensive vengeance. It took 20 minutes but # 7 Laila Gray found the back of the net and extended the VT lead to 3 while VCU struggled to get on the board. In the end VT would dominate adding 10 shots in the second half (3 on goal) and holding VCU to just 2 offensive attempts in the final 45 minutes of play. The Hokies were able to come away with their 6th win and a clean sheet against the Rams despite some great defensive plays from the Rams and an impressive 7 saves from Kruse.
VCU will look to end their offensive dry spell on the road against Drexel this Friday.
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