September 11, 2011

JOHANSEN GOAL PUSHES VCU PAST UC RIVERSIDE IN DOUBLE-OT, 1-0

MORAGA, Calif. – After a string of hard-luck losses, VCU got back in the win column Sunday when freshman forward Maren Johansen (pictured, below) broke a scoreless tie in the 102nd minute, giving the Rams a 1-0, double-overtime win against UC Riverside in the final match of the Saint Mary's Tournament.

Just under two minutes into the second overtime, junior Carly Edgcomb dribbled into the box and sent a cross to Johansen, who then slipped a shot past UC Riverside goalie Jessica Olafsen for the win.

VCU (2-5-1) outshot the Highlanders, 14-9, including a 6-1 advantage in the two overtime periods.  Six different Rams fired a pair shots with both of Johansen's strikes on goal.

Junior keeper Kristin Carden, who played 89 minutes in the net for the Rams, made her only save of the game at the 11:32 mark on a shot from the top of the box by Lindsey Ahmed.  Sophomore Megan Lynch started the second half in  goal for VCU and registered two saves in just 12 minutes of action. 

After Carden's early save, VCU held UC Riverside (3-4-1) without a shot during the final 33 minutes of the opening period. 

Freshman Cristin Granados tried to win it for the Rams late in regulation but Olafsen made a snag on a strike from the top of the box in the 83rd minute. 

In the first overtime, juniors Carol Sanchez and Breiana White each had a pair of looks during a three-minute stretch but couldn't connect.  Sanchez fired a shot high before her second hit the post in the 93rd minute.  Later, sophomore Sami Kuykendall fired a strike high in the 99th minute.  Then, in a last- second effort, UC Riverside's Ahmen sent a ball from the far left wing as time expired, but it too sailed high.

VCU eventually finished off the Highlanders early in the second overtime as Johansen found the net less than two minutes in.

The Rams will take a nearly two-week break before opening Colonial Athletic Association play at Northeastern on Sept. 23.  Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., from Boston, Mass.

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