RAMS DROP TOUGH 1-0 ROAD DECISION TO #23 DREXEL
- Final Score: #23 Drexel 1, VCU 0
- Location: Buckley Field at Philadelphia, Pa.
- Highlights: VCU's unbeaten start came to an end with a tough 1-0 road loss at 23rd-ranked Drexel. The Rams pressured the Dragons all day long, unleashing 10 shots on target, but none of them were able to slide through.
VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #11 Meredith McNelis, #12 Melanie Marotta, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #17, Meaghan Neylon,#22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee
DREXEL STARTERS: #71 Jantien Gunter, #2 Mary Lynam, #3 Danielle Grassi, #8 Christina Conrad, #9 Chloe Pachuilo, #12 Lindsay Mcardle, #13 Amanda Fleischut, #16 Allyson Fuller, #17 Elise Didonato, #21 Kristen Focht, #41 Lauren Hibschman
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Drexel would start the game on the attack with four shots and three corners in the first 10 minutes, but redshirt junior Megan Boterri and the VCU defense kept them off the scoreboard.
- But that's when the Rams took over with six corners and seven shots over the next 25 minutes, but the Dragons keeper, Jantien Gunter, was able to keep VCU out of the back of the cage and send the game into halftime at 0-0.
- The Rams would come out firing in the second half with three shots and two corners in the first five minutes, but again, the Drexel backline was able to stifle any scoring chances.
- Drexel's Elise Didonato finally broke the scoreless battle when she put home a goal in the 43rd minute to give the home squad a 1-0 lead.
- Just over 10 minutes later, it looked like senior Kelsey Scherrer had evened the score off a penalty corner, but the refs waved the goal off because the shot was said to have been too high and therefore, the Dragons remained ahead, 1-0.
- VCU would continue to own the tempo down the stretch, rifling off five shots in the final 15 minutes, but none found the back of the cage.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The loss snaps VCU's longest unbeaten start in school history. Prior to this year, the longest unbeaten start was 4-0 by the 1999 and 2009 squads.
- VCU's offense continues to pressure the opposition with its third straight game with a double-figure shot count. In the past three games, the Rams have blasted 50 shots at the opposition.
- Botteri was solid in goal all day, registering four saves and lowering her GAA to 1.22, which ranks in the top-15 in the country.
- "Overall, as a staff we are proud of the way our team showed up against a talented Drexel squad. They worked hard to execute our game plan. We created several opportunities, and unfortunately, our shortfall today came in capitalizing on those opportunities. We will get back to work this week and make an effort to turn our shortfalls from today into strides in preparing for two tough teams next weekend in Hofstra and UNC."
- The Rams finally return back to Cary Street Field after six games on the road. VCU will host a Blue Out sponsored by the VCU Massey Cancer Center when the Pride of Hofstra come to Richmond. Game time is set for 3 p.m.