August 21, 2011

VCU BOASTS STRONG DEFENSIVE OUTING, BATTLES ELON TO SCORELESS DRAW

 ELON, N.C. – Historically a talented defensive squad, VCU has played true to form during its first two games of the season, allowing just one goal in 200 minutes of action.  However, the Rams have not been as fortunate on the offensive end as VCU battled Elon to a scoreless draw Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field.

A pair of overtimes weren't enough to decide a winner as VCU (0-1-1) tied the Phoenix (0-0-1) for the second year in a row.  The match marked the Rams' 11th-straight game decided by one goal or less, dating back to Sept. 26, 2010.

"I'm happy with the effort from the players today", said Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.  "We generated a lot of attack with close to 20 shots but unfortunately we couldn't finish off Elon.  It's sometimes easy to get frustrated when you can't convert your chances, but we'll work to move past that and prepare for our home opener next week."

As much as the Rams would have liked to score, they did show promise on the offensive end firing a season-high 18 shots with nine on goal.  VCU had seven in the first half, eight in the second and three in a pair of extra sessions.  After Elon collected two shots to start the game, the Rams' defense held the Phoenix to just one the rest of the way, which came in the second overtime.

Junior Breiana White (pictured) collected five shots with three on frame to lead the Rams, while freshmen Cristin Granados and Maren Johansen fired three shots apiece.

VCU pressured the Phoenix defense for the majority of the match as Elon's goalkeepers combined for nine saves, including one in each of the two overtimes.

The Rams, who had nine different players register a shot, held an 11-7 advantage in corners.

VCU opens its home slate against Marshall on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., in the annual VCU Invitational.  The Rams conclude the tournament against Appalachian State on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.

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