RAMS BLOW PAST MISSOURI STATE, 6-1, IN SEASON OPENER
VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #11 Meredith McNelis, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #17 Meaghan Neylon, #22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee
MISSOURI ST. STARTERS: #32 Andrea Bain (GK), #3 Chelsey Medlock, #6 Jessi Pope, #8 Laura Tavares, #10 Charlie Redhead, #11 Leah Reitmayer, #12 Catrina Schmidt, #16 Holly Scherer, #21 Hillary Lawless, #22 Megan Good, #25 Liz Young
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Junior Megan Botteri kept an aggressive Bears attack at bay early, turning away five shots within the game's first 13 minutes
- In the 15th minute, VCU would ratchet up the attack, earning back-to-back corners, eventually resulting in a beautiful goal from senior Hayley McBee off a corner from junior Stephanie DeMasi to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
- Less than two minutes later, the Black & Gold pushed the lead to 2-0 off another corner with DeMasi redirecting a blast from sophomore Kendall Combs.
- The VCU pressure would continue as the Rams ripped off eight shots in a five minute span (15th-20th minute).
- Senior Meaghan Neylon blasted home a nice dish from classmate Kelsey Scherrer in the 20th minute to extend the Rams' cushion to 3-0.
- Just before the half, McBee would strike again finding herself alone just inside the top of the circle and blasting home her second goal of the game in the 32nd minute to make it 4-0.
- The pace would slow in the second half with possessions being traded back and forth for the first 10 minutes.
- Junior Emilie Soares capitalized on a Missouri State turnover in the 48th minute when she picked up a steal inside the circle, turned and ripped a shot into the back of the cage to make it a 5-0 advantage.
- Four minutes later, Scherrer connected on a penalty stroke into the bottom left corner of the cage for a 6-0 cushion for the Rams.
- The defense would stifle the Bears offense from there, only allowing an extended time goal off a corner from Missouri State's Leah Reitmayer.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The six goals scored by the Rams is the most in six years, when VCU toppled Monmouth 7-3 on August 27, 2006.
- Scherrer tied Alycia Yoder's 17-year old school record for career goals with 38.
- Scherrer also moved into sole possession of eighth-place on the all-time assists chart with 16.
- Scherrer (92) is within five points of Yoder's career record for points at 97.
- DeMasi moved into a tie for ninth-place on the all-time assists chart with 15.
- McBee's two-goal game is the second such game of her career as the senior also netted two goals in a 3-0 win over Pacific on Oct. 9, 2011.
Head Coach Shannon Karl
- "I'm happy to start off the season with a win and that we showed the ability to score six goals. We've really been working hard in that area and it's great to be able to have some success with it."
- "Although I'm happy with the win, we still have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks if we want to be able to achieve the goals that we set forth during our preseason."
- "The crowd was great today. It's always phenomenal to see other teams and a lot of the community out and it really gives the girls another burst of energy to see a lot of people in the stands. We hope that they'll continue to come out for all our games this year."
Senior Hayley McBee
- "It's always good to start off the season with a win and fortunately that's what we were able to do today."
- "We have a lot of people on this team that can score goals, today just happened to be my turn I guess. My teammates did a great job of giving me the opportunities and I'm just glad that I was able to finish them off today."
- The Rams are back at home Sept. 2 when the Lions of Columbia visit Richmond in a 1 p.m. contest.