VCU Opens Season With 1-1 Tie Against High Point
VCU Starters: #18 E. Kruse (GK), #5 G. Wilson, #6 B. White, #7 B. Kunz, #8 C. Conrad, #9 C. Granados, #12 C. Edgcomb, #15 B. Moore, #20 W. Acosta, #33 M. Johansen, and #35 A. Gogolin
High Point Starters: #39 Jesse May (GK), #4 J. Whittaker, #5 S. Vercellino, #12 B. Hemby, #13 T. Parker, #14 Katie Harris, #16 Brooke Lisson, #17 Danielle Schepler, #20 M. Sweredoski, #25 A. LeComte, and #26 J. Kessler
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU, which fired 27 shots, came out on the attack early, as sophomore Cristin Granados collected three shots in a span of eight minutes. Her first attempt was a shot just high (19th minute), her second hit the cross bar (26th minute), and her third was saved by High Point goalie Jesse May (27th minute).
- High Point's Becca Hemby converted her first goal of the season with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. Following a corner kick, Taylor Parker one-timed the rebound to Hemby, who then finished into the lower left corner.
- The Rams knotted the game up in the 58th minute on a goal from sophomore Maren Johansen (pictured). Johansen took a cross from Granados, and was able to finish on a rocket of a shot into the upper left corner.
- Johansen had another strong chance in the 87th minute, but pushed her shot just over the cross bar.
- For a moment, it looked as if High Point had won in the first overtime. In the 93rd minute, Danielle Shepler put a ball in the back of the net, but was whistled offside, and the game continued.
- The Black & Gold had a chance at the end of the first overtime, as senior Lauryn Hutchinson found herself open in the box, but her attempt was just high over the cross bar.
- VCU's final chance came in the 109th minute when senior Breiana White took a shot, but May was there again for the save.
- Both goalkeepers played strong games, and made saves that could have tilted the match in either direction. May saved 13 shots on the night, while VCU freshman Emma Kruse posted three saves her collegiate debut.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Johansen scored her seventh career goal, while Granados tallied her third career assist.
- The Rams had an overwhelming advantage in shots, 27-9, while placing 14 on frame. However, the Panthers finished with just four shots on goal.
- Granados fired a team high seven shots with three on goal. Senior Gabby Wilson and Johansen finished with four shots, while White fired three (all on goal).
- High Point was whistled for being offside on eight occasions, while the Rams were only charged once.
- A physical VCU team finished with a 16-3 margin in fouls.
- "We have to look at the positives from today's match. Number one, we came back from being down by a goal and that says a lot about our team this year. We have a lot of fight. We have a lot of energy... We finished with 27 shots, so we were much more dangerous today than our exhibition. We stuck together as a team, fought together and used each other's energy, and I was really proud of that. Overall, this was a good place to start. We don't want to be too high and we weren't too low. We're right there where we want to be and we just need to keep improving."
-Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak
- "It was a good opportunity. I got the ball from [Cristin Granados] and then got a great shot on the ball. It was good to see the ball go in... We never broke down tonight. We always kept going and stuck together as a team. We aren't really satisfied with a tie but I was pleased with how we stuck together."
-Sophomore forward Maren Johansen
The Rams travel to Longwood for a Sunday night match at 7 p.m. VCU returns home on Sept. 1 to battle Villanova. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.