September 30, 2012

RAMS DROP 6-1 DECISION TO SECOND-RANKED NORTH CAROLINA

THE BASICS

Score: #2 North Carolina 6, VCU 1
Location: Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The highlights:  The Rams (8-2) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but second-ranked North Carolina responded with six unanswered goals to improve to 12-1 on the year. Senior Kelsey Scherrer scored her 10th goal of the season.

VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #7 Chelsea Hill, #12 Melanie Marotta, #16 Arialle Hess, #17 Meaghan Neylon, #19 Kacie Yang, #23 Haley McBee, #24 Nicole Barry

UNC STARTERS: #00 Sassi Ammer, #4 Samantha Travers, #5 Charlotte Craddock, #6 Meghan Drake, #9 Emily Wold, #11 Katie Andrey, #14 Kelsey Kolojejchick, #20 Caitlin Van Sickle, #25 Abby Frey, #30 Sinead Loughran, #31 J Gaudisio Radvany

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • UNC came out firing with 11 shots in the first 15 minutes, but redshirt junior Megan Botteri was rock solid, tallying five saves and keeping the game scoreless entering the 20th minute.
  • VCU would light the scoreboard first with senior Kelsey Scherrer depositing a shot off an assists from sophomore Kendell Combs in the 21st minute to give the Rams a 1-0 cushion.
  • The second-ranked Tar Heels would respond with two goals before the break, taking a 2-1 advantage into halftime.
  • UNC would keep the pressure up in the second half, scoring four times on 11 second-half shots to pick up their 12th victory of the season.
  • Botteri was solid in cage all day for the Rams, registering a career-high 16 saves after facing a career-high 29 shots.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Rams will enter Atlantic 10 play with an 8-2 ledger, which equals the best start in school history, last happening in 2004.
  • Scherrer has now scored in eight of VCU's 10 games this year.

QUOTABLES:

UNC Head Coach Karen Shelton:

  • "It was a very good result against a feisty VCU team," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We thought their goalkeeper [Megan Botteri] played exceptionally well and made it difficult for us in the first half."

COMING UP NEXT

  • VCU will play its first Atlantic 10 match on Friday, when it travels to Philadelphia to battle Temple in a 3 p.m. showdown.
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