August 12, 2012

VCU Battles James Madison to 1-1 Draw in Exhibition Match

VCU STARTERS: 
#18 E. Kruse (GK), #2 J. Krasko, #5 G. Wilson, #6 B. White, #7 B. Kunz, #8 C. Conrad, #10 T. Cressy, #12 C. Edgcomb, #15 B. Moore, #16 L. Hutchinson, #20 W. Acosta

JAMES MADISON STARTERS: 
#1 K. Courter (GK), #2 K. Menzie, #3 M. Brown, #6 L. Wilson, #10 K. Kerrigan, #12 T. Naquin, #13 E. Halik, #15 K. Germain, #17 H. Miller, #24 A. Clayton, #26 I. Chang

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Newcomer Wendy Acosta began her VCU career in style, giving the Rams an early 1-0 lead in just the 17th minute.  Acosta, who took a feed from sophomore Brianne Moore, found the far post from about three yards out to put the Rams on top early.
  • Acosta continued to make noise, firing two of the next three VCU shots, including back-to-back strikes in the 40th and 41st minutes, but James Madison goalkeeper Karen Courter made saves on both attempts.
  • After VCU limited the Dukes to just four shots through the first 55 minutes of the match, Lauren Wilson finally put JMU on the board in the 56th minute.  Wilson took a thru ball from Katie Menzie and found the lower left corner following a one-on-one with Rams freshman goalkeeper Emma Kruse.
  • JMU, which was picked to finish second behind defending league champion William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association, tried to pull ahead with less than two minutes left in the second period, but Kruse made her third save of the night off a header from Madyson Brown.  Brown later hit the post with a shot in the 78th minute.
  • Juniors Courtney Conrad and Taryn Cressy had consecutive looks in a span of 45 seconds in the 76th minute, but both shots sailed wide left of the net.  Sophomore Cristin Granados' shot in the 91st minute also drifted high.

QUOTABLE:
"Tonight's match was a chance for us to continue to evaluate players and experiment with our lineup," said Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.  "JMU has a strong group and we feel good about our performance tonight.  I thought we saw a lot of good things tonight and we're excited to build on it going into next weekend."

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sunday's game featured three 35-minute periods.
  • JMU held an 11-8 advantage in shots; however, each team had four shots on goal.  The Dukes also held a narrow 3-2 margin in corners.
  • Kruse made three saves in her VCU debut – in the 26th, 33rd, and 69th minutes.
  • Acosta led VCU with three shots (all on goal), while five other Rams collected a shot on the night.  Sophomore Maren Johansen also registered a shot on frame in the 33rd minute.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Sunday's game was VCU's only exhibition match of the season.  The Rams will officially begin the 2012 campaign on Friday, Aug. 17 against High Point at Sports Backers Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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