September 8, 2013
RAMS FALL AT #12 STANFORD, 2-0
- Score: #12 Stanford 2, VCU 0
- Records: Stanford (3-1), VCU (1-2)
- Location: Varsity Turf Field – Palo Alto, Calif.
- The Short Story: Redshirt senior Megan Botteri did her best to keep the VCU Field Hockey team alive against 12th-ranked Stanford, but ultimately the Cardinal got two second-half goals to pick up the 2-0 victory. Botteri posted a career-high 16 saves on the afternoon.
How It Happened
- Botteri was the story pretty much all day long as the high-powered Stanford offense unleashed 12 first-half shots, 11 of which were on target, none of which found the back of the cage.
- The Cardinal would finally get on the scoreboard in the second half when Clemence Couteau dribbled into the circle and slid a shot into the back of the cage to give Stanford a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute.
- Just over 10 minutes later, Courtney Haldeman added an insurance goal as she put home a rebound in the 55th minute to end the scoring on the afternoon.
- "Although today was a loss, I feel like we took a huge step forward into the VCU Field Hockey team that we want to be. We asked a lot of our entire team today with our game plan and I can't fault their effort all over the pitch. We need to keep focusing on our positive outcomes within the attacking end of the field and getting better every day." – Head Coach Laura Baker
- "Megan Botteri was outstanding all day long. She played one of the best games of her life and really was incredible against an impressive Stanford team." – Baker added.
- VCU opens up its home slate on Friday evening when they host former CAA foe Towson at the brand new Cary Street Field. Game time is set for 6 p.m.