TRIO OF RAMS EARN WOMEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY HONORS
RICHMOND, Va. – Coming off a pair of critical league victories last weekend, including a 1-0 win over 18th-ranked William & Mary, a trio of VCU women's soccer players have earned recognition for their efforts on the field. Sophomore Courtney Conrad has been named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week, while freshman Cristin Granados picked up her third CAA Rookie of the Week honor. Junior defender Carly Edgcomb was also named to College Soccer 360's national list of Primetime Performers of the Week.
VCU defeated Old Dominion 4-1 on Friday night before Conrad's goal handed William & Mary its first conference loss of the season, while snapping the Tribe's nine-game winning streak. Entering Sunday's match, the Tribe had scored a league-best 25 goals in CAA play, while yielding a league-low four scores in conference action all season.
Granados netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, against Old Dominion. She scored her fifth of the season to extend VCU's lead in the 66th minute before capping off the Rams' scoring spree less than 15 minutes later when she found the net off a free kick from the left wing.
Edgcomb, who assisted on Conrad's game-winner on Sunday, has helped anchor a VCU defense that has allowed just two goals during its current eight-match unbeaten streak (780 minutes). The Rams have not lost a game since a 1-0 setback at Hofstra on Sept. 25. During that stretch, VCU ran off an impressive 532-minute opponent scoreless streak, which was the second-longest in school history (school record 572 minutes in 2004).
VCU has held an opponent scoreless eight times this season (5-0-3), including six of its last eight games. The Rams have allowed just 14 goals all year (0.78 gaa), the second fewest in the league (two behind CAA leader William & Mary).
The Rams will have a chance to lock up the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament when they host James Madison in the regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium.