RICHMOND, Va. – It's not exactly easy starting of the season with two of the top-five teams in the country, but that's what the VCU women's soccer team did this past weekend, taking on top-ranked North Carolina and now fifth-ranked UVA.

Although the results weren't what the Rams hoped, first-year Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel did see some outstanding play from her sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kruse. For her performance, Kruse was named the Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week.

Kruse, a Woodbridge, Va. native, made a career-high 12 saves in VCU's season-opening 4-2 loss to UVA on Friday night, facing a total of 26 shots on the evening. In Sunday's loss to UNC, Kruse tallied nine saves, while facing 30 shots.

Entering the season, Kruse had played in three games, recording a total of five saves during the 245 minutes of play.

Kruse and her teammates are back on the road this weekend when they play Saint Francis in a neutral site match on Friday at George Washington, followed by a Sunday afternoon tilt against Georgetown. 

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