FINAL: VCU 1, Duquesne 0 – Final (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
RECORDS: VCU (8-4-2, 3-0-1 A-10), Duquesne (5-6-1, 1-2-0 A-10)
VCU STARTERS: #18 Kruse (GK), #2 Krasko, #6 Ritter, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #9 Wojcik, #10 Cressy, #32 Boyer, #33 Johansen, #35 Gogolin, #37 Moik
DUQUESNE STARTERS: #1 Szalwinski (GK), #3 Yow, #4 Yobbi, #5 Colon, #6 Weber, #12 Roberson, #14 Hale, #17 Mayo, #21 Baroffio, #26 Layman, #27 Augustyniak
- Senior defender Casey Boyer made her first career goal count as she helped VCU extend its unbeaten streak to nine matches with a 1-0 road win over Duquesne.
- The Rams are now 7-0-2 since Sept. 8, including a 3-0-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- VCU goalkeeper Emma Kruse collected her first save on a shot of the foot of Maddie Layman in the 18th minute.
- Ernest had a look in the 38th minute but Duquesne goalie Ashley Szalwinski made a snag on her header attempt, which was her first save of the match.
- After a scoreless first period, the Rams got on the board just after intermission following a corner kick from senior Taryn Cressy in the 47th minute. Ernest fired a shot off Cressy's cross but Szalwinski made another stop before Boyer scored her first career goal when she snuck the rebound into the top of the net for a 1-0 lead.
- Kruse collected another save in the 64th minute following a strike from Amy Vinopal and again 20 minutes later on a shot by Stephanie Colon.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- All three of VCU's shots were on goal. Ernest fired two shots, both on frame.
- Kruse registered five saves for the Rams.
"We battled on the road tonight and are pleased with the three points. We are asking for a full team effort every game and have been very proud of the results thus far. Defensively we have been solid and offensively we have been smart with our buildup and opportunities. We'll have another battle on Sunday and be relentless for finding another three points."
-Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU remains on the road with a trip to St. Bonaventure on Oct. 20 before visiting George Washington on Oct. 27.