On a Thursday night in Ohio, VCU Women’s Soccer brought the ruckus to Dayton at Baujan Field. Riding a 4 match win streak along with staying among the A-10 pack for first place, the Rams put the Flyers in a no-fly zone on the road.
Fasten Your Safety Belts
The Black & Gold got on the scoreboard after 12 minutes of gameplay. Kelly Graves and Alyssa Tallent moved the ball upfield to Samantha Jerabek. Tallent found Jerabek with a through ball that was finished at the near post. Jerabek celebrated amongst her VCU squad with her 8th goal of the season as the Rams roared ahead early.
There were limited opportunities on offense during the first half. Both teams traded fouls in battles of possession, however, strikes were limited. Ingrid Brouwer did take one VCU strike that sailed over the goal and Emma Kershner’s strike missed the target just before halftime.
Floodgates Opened by Rams
VCU’s advantage over Dayton was displayed further amongst the 2nd half kick-off. Jerabek went to work with a promising cross in the 53rd minute. That cross found Tallent’s boot and after a touch/cut combo to create space the goal was scored near post.
Things would get worse for the Flyers minutes later. Jerabek once again created a chance with her dribbling down the wing. Another cross soared into the box and Graves ran towards it. Graves connected and sent the ball cracking into the back of the net to put VCU ahead 3-0.
Dayton could not get their offense going on the night. Audrey Sanderson did see some action in goal for the Rams with 2 saves. VCU’s midfield and defensive game plan of keeping the Flyers on ground level did the job. So was the attack of the Rams which was still hungry for one more goal.
Points Secured, Streak Still Kicking
In the 83rd minute, Tallent collected her second goal of the match. Maddi Santo found Tallent on the cross in the center of the box. Nearly identical to earlier goals scored, the ball was struck near post and past the goalkeeper. Full time arrived in Ohio and VCU headed off the pitch with all 3 points and a 4-0 win over Dayton.
VCU out-struck Dayton 12-9 with 6 of those strikes hitting the target. Rams remain unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 at 3-0 with 9 points. VCU improved to 8-2 overall and keep their current streak alive at 5 consecutive victories.
Sports Backers Stadium awaits VCU Women’s Soccer return home on Sunday, September 30th versus Duquesne. This A-10 conference match will begin at 2:00 PM.