September 9, 2012

Conrad, VCU Top Pittsburgh in Overtime 1-0; Rams Unbeaten in Last Nine at Home

FINAL: VCU 1, Pittsburg 0 (OT) – Richmond, Va.

VCU STARTERS: #89 Carden (GK), 6 White, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Granados, #12 Edgcomb, #15 Moore, #16 Hutchinson, #20 Acosta, #23 Hovanesian, and #32 Boyer

PITTSBURGH STARTERS: #1 D'Agostino (GK), #3 Charlebois, #5 Lippert, #9 Keefer, #12 Meir, #13 Arvas, #14 Dellefemine, #16 Poucel, #23 Baldys, #25 Sharick, and #33 McHugh

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Pittsburgh and VCU played a back-and-forth game through the first 45 minutes. The Rams outshot the Panthers 6-4 in the first period; however, Pittsburgh held a 2-1 advantage in shots on-goal at the break.
  • The Black and Gold's best chance in the first half was off of a corner from sophomore Cristin Granados, who found classmate Casey Boyer open in the box. Boyer sent a header toward the net but Pittsburgh goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino made the stop.
  • In the second half, the Rams wasted little time putting on the pressure. Junior Jessie Krasko fired a shot in the 47th minute, but D'Agostino was there for her second save.
  • The Panthers' best chance of the day came in the 75th minute. Pittsburgh's Dana Dellefemine tried to place the ball in the top of the net, but VCU senior goalkeeper Kristin Carden made a leaping save to keep the match scoreless.
  • Granados tried to team up with Boyer again off of a corner kick in the 83rd minute. This time, Boyer's header was just wide.
  • The Rams were on the attack to start the overtime period. In the 93rd minute, Krasko launched a shot toward the net but D'Agostino made a stop. A minute later, junior Courtney Conrad (pictured) had a look, but D'Agostino was again there for the save.
  • In the 96th minute, the Rams were finally able to find the back of the net. Krasko rocketed a shot, which deflected off of a Pittsburgh defender.  Conrad corralled the deflection, set the ball, and the fired a shot to the left post, and gave the Rams a 1-0, golden goal victory.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:

  • Conrad scored her second goal of the season for VCU, which was also her first game-winning tally.
  • Carden posted her second shutout of the year and 10th in her two-year VCU career.
  • Granados took a game-high six shots on the afternoon, while Krasko had five off of the bench for the Rams. Nine different players fired at least one shot for VCU.
  • The Rams have shutout 11 of their last 18 opponents dating back to Sept. 29 of last season.
  • VCU also remains unbeaten at home in its last nine matches, improving to 6-0-3 at Sports Backers Stadium during that stretch.
  • The Black & Gold outshot the Panthers 21-7, including a 15-3 advantage in the second half and overtime. On the season, VCU has outshot its opponents 112-63.

QUOTABLE:
"It feels great to finally win a game in overtime [after having a few ties].  I credit this team to have the confidence and to continue to attack, and keep pushing and pressing.  That worked today.  I'm very proud of their effort.

"It's great to have two wins in a row.  We need to be happy about that, but not to forget what it took to get those two W's.  It wasn't easy and we need to continue to take care of all the little details.  We don't stop now; we keep pushing forward.   We have UMBC coming up on Friday, so that's where our focus is."

-VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak


"It was a relief [when we scored].  Overtime is always difficult.  We knew we just needed to keep going and eventually we were going to put it away.  The whole team put in a lot of effort and it felt good to be able to finish there at the end.

"It's been an exciting week.  We've worked really hard in practice, so I think it was a payoff from that.  As long as we keep going this way, we'll have more results.

-Junior forward Courtney Conrad

WHAT'S AHEAD:
The Rams return home for a match on Friday, Sept. 14 against UMBC. The match will serve as the VCU Massey Cancer Center Blue Out in support of prostate cancer awareness month.

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