October 2, 2013
RAMS SUFFER 2-1 OVERTIME LOSS TO LONGWOOD
- Score: Longwood 2, VCU 1 (OT)
- Records: Longwood (4-7), VCU (4-6)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Emilie Soares scored her fourth goal in the past three games, but it wasn't enough as the VCU Field Hockey team suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss to in-state rival Longwood on Wednesday evening. Longwood's Jennifer Burris scored her second goal of the game just 3:56 into the first overtime period to give the Lancers the victory.
How It Happened
- The contest started as a back and forth battle with both teams creating minimal attacking opportunities as the game remained scoreless through the first 15 minutes.
- VCU got on the board in the 16th minute thanks to crisp passing through the Longwood defense. Junior Kendall Combs slid a pass to freshman Kaylee Maunz down the right sideline. Maunz fed junior Nicola Breeman on the baseline. Breeman then delivered a beautiful cross to Soares, who put home the game's first goal and give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
- The Lancers wouldn't go away, continuing to put pressure on the VCU's backline, but Megan Botteri kept denying chances and sent the game into halftime at 1-0.
- Longwood would finally strike in the 51st minute when a loose ball in front was deflected back and forth, before Burris would finally get it past Botteri and even the score at 1-1. It was the first goal that VCU had given up in over 227 minutes.
- The game continued to be a back-and-forth battle as the teams would stifle offensive opportunities for both sides and send the game into overtime.
- Soon into overtime, freshman Alexis Schramm forced a turnover at midfield and nearly had a breakaway situation, but a Longwood defender was able to get back and knock the ball away.
- The Lancers quickly responded with a counterattack, which resulted in Burris flicking her second goal of the game into the bottom right corner to give Longwood the 2-1 victory.
- "To lose in overtime is always heartbreaking. The game was well fought on both sides, a little scrappy at times, but I also thought we showed glimpses of some of our best hockey of the season so far. Our defense once again looked very solid throughout and we started to move the ball around much better than we had in previous games. I think we can learn and get better from today's match. We can't wait for our games this weekend." – Head Coach Laura Baker
- Baker and the Rams continue their homestand with another in-state rival as Radford visits Cary Street Field on Friday evening. Game time is set for 5 p.m.