- Score: VCU 3, Saint Francis (Pa.) 2 – Final (2ot)
- Records: VCU (8-7), Saint Francis (6-6)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Kelsey Powell picked up a looseball at midfield, dribbled through the defense and ripped a shot into the bottom right of the cage to give the VCU Field Hockey squad a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime win over new Atlantic 10 conference foe Saint Francis (Pa.). Classmate Emilie Soares and freshman Alexis Schramm also had goals on the afternoon, while senior Megan Botteri tallied 11 saves in the victory.
How It Happened
- The Rams went on the attack right out of the gates, drawing two corners in the first five minutes, but each time SFU was able to keep them off the scoreboard.
- In the seventh minute, the Red Flash would get out in front on a counter attack and Elizabeth Momeyer slipped a pass through the circle to Autumn Pellman, who put home the game's first goal and give SFU a 1-0 lead.
- VCU nearly tied the game in the 13th minute when Kendall Farino nearly put home a shot off the Rams' fourth corner of the day, but SFU keeper Samantha Zeiders came up with the save and two more on rebound attempts to keep it 1-0.
- Sophomore Kendell Combs helped generate the offensive attack in the 19th minute and slipped through the SFU defense and found Soares on the left side of the circle. Soares turned and ripped a shot past Zeiders and even the score at 1-1.
- Not even three minutes later, Combs would again generate the attack, this time finding Schramm, who put home her seventh goal of the year and gave VCU a 2-1 advantage.
- The second half saw the Rams staging off some Red Flash attacks, keeping SFU at bay until the 67th minute when Carissa Makea finally got one past Botteri off a corner and evened the score at 2-2.
- SFU would keep up the offensive pressure in the first overtime, but Botteri continued to be a brick wall, recording five saves in the period. Redshirt freshman Erika Bienlien came up with a huge defensive save in the 81st minute, stopping a point blank shot by the Red Flash's Selena Adamshick to help send the game into double overtime.
- Just over a minute into the second overtime, it looked like VCU might get the golden goal, but shots by Combs and Soares were turned away by Zeiders and a defensive save by Makea.
- SFU would counter with an attack of their own, but a save by Botteri and a ball off the post allowed Soares to have a breakaway opportunity 91st minute, but Zeiders came up with the huge save to keep the game going.
- Zeiders would not have such luck in the 97th minute when Powell picked up a looseball at midfield, dribbled past Makea in the SFU backfield and ripped a shot into the bottom right corner to give the Rams a thrilling 3-2 win.
Beyond the Boxscore
- Powell, who entered the year with just one goal and three career points, now has three goals and nine points this year. Two of her four career goals are game-winners.
- It was VCU's first overtime win since Sept. 5 of last year in a 2-1 home win over Longwood.
- Soares scored in her sixth straight game and has now scored 11 goals in the past eight games.
- Soares' 13 goals this year rank seventh most in a single season at VCU, while her 33 points are tied for sixth-most in a single season. Her 24 career goals are tied for the ninth-most in VCU history. Her 62 career points are the eighth most in program history.
- Botteri's 11 saves marked her fourth game of the year with double-digit saves.
- "Today was a fantastic effort by every member of our team. We stuck to our game plan and played well for the majority of the game. St. Francis really gave us a great game and to come out on top after 97 minutes is a great result. I think we possessed the ball really well in the first half, but St. Francis really turned the tide on us in the second half. Our defense did a tremendous job of holding strong and ultimately helping us get the result we wanted." – Head Coach Laura Baker
- "After I got passed their last defender, all I could hear was my team screaming to rip it, so I got my feet around and shot. I actually didn't know it went in until I heard the backboard and saw Kendell [Combs] throw here stick and run towards me." – Senior Kelsey Powell on the game-winning goal
- "I'm so proud of my team today for never giving up and fighting until the very end. We had one of our best first halves of hockey and connected so well and were able to continue that all the way into overtime. I'm so happy for my team that we were able to get the win and carry momentum with us into two big games on the road next weekend" – Powell
- "Our win was a team effort today. Everybody gave 100% and we worked really hard to beat a good team. I'm glad I was able to make the saves to help keep us in the game."- Senior Megan Botteri
- The Rams hit the road in conference play next weekend. First up is Lock Haven, who VCU will battle on Friday in a 3 p.m. contest.