RAMS TAKE DOWN JMU, 2-1, IN EXHIBITION PLAY

The Basics:

  • Score: VCU 2, JMU 1 – Exhibition (Three 35-minute periods)
  • Location: Richmond, Va. – VCU's SportsBackers Stadium
  • The Short Story: Senior Courtney Conrad and sophomore Alex Gogolin tallied goals in the second period to lead the Rams' to a 2-1 win over in-state rival JMU in exhibition action. VCU controlled play throughout and made a strong impression in the first outing for new head coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel's squad. 

The Action:

  • Less than 10 minutes into the game, the Rams were putting the pressure on when newcomer Sharon Wojcik found sophomore Natalie Moik inside the box for a close-range header that was knocked away.
  • Eight minutes later, senior Bex Kunz sped up the side and found a cutting Courtney Conrad, who nearly gave VCU lead, but it was just off as the first period ended at 0-0.
  • Just over 11 minutes into the second period, junior Alex Gogolin picked up a rebound in front and blasted it home to give the Rams a 1-0 advantage in the 46th minute.
  • Less than 10 minutes later, senior Jessie Krasko laid a beautiful feed into the box for Conrad, who finished into the lower left to push VCU's cushion to 2-0.
  • The pressure continued from the Rams as Wojcik fired a shot from just outside the box that forced JMU's goaltender into a diving save, which allowed Gogolin to pick up another rebound and nearly make it 3-0, but her shot went just wide.
  • The Dukes got on the board in the 75th minute when Meghan Cox headed home a goal to make it a 2-1 game.
  • VCU would try to extend its lead late with good chances from Taryn Cressy and Maren Johansen in the final 10 minutes, but couldn't finish as the Rams finished off a 2-1 win. 

Quotable:

  • "We've been excited about [playing against a live opponent] since day one and to have the team out here, and the type of level that we were able to perform, we're really happy with things, we just have to become a 90-minute team.  We were pretty set for 60 minutes, but now have to form into a 90-minute team." – Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel
  • "We created opportunities for ourselves but need to do a little bit better job finishing some of those opportunities.  I think we are very good when we get numbers forward but we just need to make sure we can play for 90 minutes at that level." – Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel
  • "Everybody comes ready to play every single day and we've been progressing throughout preseason from day one until now.  My hope is that we continue to progress through this next week and prepare ourselves for very tough matches against UVa and UNC to open the season." – Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel

Up Next:

  • Vanderspiegel and the Rams open up regular season play next weekend when they No.8 Virginia in Charlottesville. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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