The Spiders tried to weave a web on the pitch, and even though the players got all tangled up fighting for possessions throughout the night, the Rams kept it from completion. The VCU and UR cross town rivalry was in full effect during all 110 minutes of play in a very fast paced physical match up that included a double overtime tie of 0-0. Both teams had vocal fan contingencies, but the Peppas truly gave new meaning to home field advantage during their time behind the opposition’s net. The chanting was incessant and they were loud!
Although the tie wasn’t the win they were chasing, it was confirmation of continuous improvement for the Rams. Team dynamics are evolving. The increased awareness of teammates positions on the field and their ability to move the ball forward through effective passing continues to be refined and provide better opportunities on the attack. Casey Boyer is a defensive powerhouse and with the help of Robles, Ritter, and Dell VCU has proven to be a formidable defense helping goal keeper Emma Kruse post 7 clean sheets on the season.
Take out of the equation that the game was scoreless and look at possible production. VCU performed better in this game than their season statistics while UR was held to less than their average numbers. The Rams offense increased their number of opportunities while a strong defense inhibited the Spiders chances. Overall on the season VCU has averaged 11.9 shots per game and they took 16 shots with 3 on goal during this match. While UR has averaged 17.3 shots per game and they only took 13 with 3 on goal during the game. So while many may see just a scoreless game, we’re looking at a team that’s showing steady improvement and has stated they want to win in the A-10.
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