November 1, 2013
RAMS STIFLE SAINT JOSEPH’S IN CRUCIAL 1-0 WIN
- Score: VCU 1, Saint Joseph's 0
- Records: VCU (9-9, 3-3 A-10), Saint Joseph's (6-12, 3-3 A-10)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: The VCU Field Hockey team used an early goal and a stellar defensive effort to pick up a crucial 1-0 victory over Atlantic 10 foe Saint Joseph's. With the win, the Rams now control their own destiny in regards to the A-10 Tournament. A win on Sunday over La Salle guarantees a spot in the postseason. Junior Kendell Combs put home the decisive goal in the 15th minute off a corner.
How It Happened
- Both teams started fairly slow before action picked up in the 14th minute. Saint Joseph's picked up a corner, but VCU turned it into a counter attack. After the Rams defense broke up SJU's corner, senior Emilie Soares sped down the field and drew a corner inside the Hawks' circle. Classmate Stephanie DeMasi stepped up and inserted the corner to junior Nicole Barry, who came up with the stop to allow Combs to blast a shot into the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead for the Black & Gold.
- The Hawks responded immediately with two corners in the next two minutes, but the Rams were able to break up both chances.
- SJU would try to even things going into halftime off a corner, but senior Megan Botteri turned the Hawks away twice to keep it a 1-0 lead for the Rams.
- VCU would continue its impressive defensive effort in the second half, holding the Hawks to just one shot in the second half.
- On the offensive end, the Rams would try to add an insurance goal in the final 10 minutes, picking up a corner and firing three shots on goal, but SJU keeper Rachel Barnett was able to turn them away and keep it 1-0.
- With just under five minutes left to play, Soares got loose in the middle of the field and sped through the SJU defense for a 1-on-1, but Barnett again came up with the save to keep it a 1-0 game.
- "Today was the first step of the most important weekend of the season. To come out with a win today was the only option for us to continue our season and we accomplished one of our goals. That first half was a sloppy game from us, our receptions were bad and we turned over the ball too much, but we also capitalized on a great corner to go into the half with a 1-0 lead. In the second half we controlled the game more and although we didn't extend our lead any more I think we played a much more composed half of hockey. Overall I'm happy with what we did today, we got the result we needed and are looking forward to celebrating the seniors and finishing off the regular season on Sunday at home." - Head Coach Laura Baker
- "Coming into the game we knew what we had to do to turn two games into three. It was a scrappy game that we pushed through together, ending in the result we needed. We are doing whatever it takes to send our seniors out in style because they deserve nothing less." – Junior Kendell Combs
- "Going into this game, we knew how important it was to win. We wanted to extend our season for the seniors-- this game was for them. Getting the shutout was like icing on cake. I couldn't be more proud of our team for gutting it out to get the win." – Junior Nicole Barry
- The Rams wrap up the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 3 when La Salle visits Cary Street Field. VCU will celebrate Senior Day prior to its 12 p.m. showdown with the Explorers.