October 20, 2013

St. Bonaventure Snaps VCU’s Nine-Match Unbeaten Streak With 2-0 Setback

FINAL: St. Bonaventure 2, VCU 0 – Final (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.)

RECORDS: VCU (8-5-2, 3-1-1 A-10), St. Bonaventure (5-8-1, 2-3-0 A-10)

VCU STARTERS: #18 Kruse (GK), #2 Krasko, #6 Ritter, #7 Kunz, #8 Conrad, #10 Cressy, #19 Ernest, #32 Boyer, #33 Johansen, #35 Gogolin, #37 Moik

ST. BONAVENTURE STARTERS: #00 Junker (GK), #2 Charles, #3 Curry, #4 Lapp, #6 Elwell, #7 Meador, #8 Maiello, #10 Hill, #20 Broderick, #24 Jenkins, #28 Balseca

THE BASICS:

  • St. Bonaventure snapped VCU's nine-match unbeaten streak and handed the Rams their first Atlantic 10 loss of the season with a 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon. 
  • It was VCU's first setback since Sept. 8.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kruse registered three saves in the first 20 minutes to keep St. Bonaventure off the board early until Brittany Charles connected with Molly Curry to give the Bonnies a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.
  • After St. Bonaventure pulled ahead, VCU had a chance to tie it up two minutes later; however, Taylor Broderick came up with a defensive save on a shot from senior Taryn Cressy before goalkeeper Megan Junker made a stop on a shot by Kailyn Slade off the rebound.
  • Senior Courtney Conrad had a look for the Rams again in the 31st minute but her shot sailed high.  Junker then made a save on another Conrad strike in the 55th minute.
  • Curry tried to extend St. Bonaventure's lead early in the second period but Kruse made her fifth save of the day in the 54th minute.
  • Junker made another stop on an offering from junior Maren Johansen in the 65th minute.
  • The Bonnies eventually added to their lead in the 77th minute when Brittany Charles took a feed from Caitilin MacConnell and made it a two-goal game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • St. Bonaventure held a 12-8 advantage in shots and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
  • Kruse registered seven saves in goal for VCU.
  • Cressy fired a team-high three shots, while Conrad added two.

WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU travels to George Washington on Oct. 27 for its final road match of the year.  Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.  The Rams return to Sports Backers Stadium to face cross-town rival Richmond on Nov. 1 before hosting Saint Louis on Nov. 3 in their regular season finale.

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