The final home game of the season is always special because it’s the night senior players are recognized and celebrated. On this night women’s soccer honored 5 players who have played integral roles on the team during their collegiate career. It’s bittersweet for fans who have supported these players and watched them develop, but it is also a time to say thank you for their dedication to their sport and wish them success in their future endeavors. In case you missed it here are the 5 ladies who we will miss next season, but will be on to bright futures in the next part of their journey:
#32 Casey Boyer, a defensive powerhouse, started 51 out of 52 games on one of the best defensive units in the A-10. Last season her skills earned her All-Atlantic 10 accolades. Casey is one of the Rams’ best students and even delayed starting medical school for a year to play a final season for VCU.
#19 Jackie Ernest, a versatile midfield player, overcame the challenge of several injuries over her collegiate career. She was able to play backline or midfield and scored 3 goals during her career with the Rams.
#35 Alex Gogolin, a starter who has played multiple positions, has been a competitive force on both defense and offense during her career. She has contributed a total of 6 goals during her time at VCU, including 3 this season. She is also highly engaged off the field with the VCU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
#33 Maren Johansen, an offensive weapons, ranks in the top-10 career goals, assists, and points at VCU. She has accumulated 19 goals and 13 assists in her career as a Ram. She is a two-time All-Conference honoree. This year, she leads the team and ranks in the top-five in the A-10 with 8 goals.
#15 Brianne Moore, a resilient midfielder, started in 44 of her 62 games. Despite multiple injuries over her career she has been a reliable force in her position. She earned her first career goal this year.
After being recognized at midfield by Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel and Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin, it was time for these Rams to compete for one last win on their home field and continue their pursuit of their ultimate goal – the A-10 title for the 2014 season. At the start of the game VCU was tied in A-10 play with a record of 3-1-1 in conference play with both George Washington and Rhode Island. All 3 were battling for second place in the conference and this game could get the Rams one step closer.
The winning goal of the game was a team effort by 3 of the seniors. The dual assist from Brianne Moore and Alex Gogolin would allow Jackie Ernest to add a 4th goal to her career with the Rams. The goal game in the 23rd minute and although it was the only one that hit the back of the net, VCU controlled most of the possessions and opportunities tallying 3 times the number of attempts at goals with 18 shots to GW’s 6.
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