WOMEN'S SOCCER OPENS SEASON WITH 2-0 WIN AT LIBERTY

Final Score: VCU 2, Liberty 0
Location: Osborne Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)
Records: VCU 1-0-0 (0-0-0), Liberty 0-1-1 (0-0-0) 

The Short Story: After a first half of scoreless soccer, the VCU Rams broke through with two late goals against the Liberty Flames to take their first win of the season, 2-0. Julia Suarez and Amanda Tredway each scored their first goals of the 2017 campaign, while goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson collected her first shutout of the season. 

QUICK FACTS 

  • Sanderson made five saves on five shots on net, holding the Liberty offense in check.
  • VCU popped off 10 shots with four on net. Most of the opportunities came in the second half, getting seven of the those ten shots in the final 45 minutes of play.
  • The Rams also led in corner opportunities with five, and only committed 10 fouls.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • In the first half, the Rams got the first shot as Amanda Hallesjo was able to get off a shot that was saved at the 7:25 mark.  
  • Play would end up through the middle of the field until the 26th minute when Susannah Friedrichs squared up an opportunity off a corner kick from Julia Suarez. However, her attempt was blocked on it's way to the net.
  • The Rams defense would hold the Liberty offense without a shot until the 28:19 mark in the first half. Audrey Sanderson would make the save on the play.
  • Things stayed even keel as both sides had corner opportunities through the end of the first half. After 45 minutes of play, the score would be 0-0.
  • The Flames and the Rams would trade shots at front end of the first half, as Alyssa Tallent and Isabella Babuda would both have shots saved.
  • Freshman Samantha Jerabek would be a spark in the second half, as she had two solid opportunities, including a shot that rang off the crossbar in the 72nd minute.
  • Liberty would be called for a foul in the box in the 75th minute, setting up Julia Suarez for a penalty kick that she would convert to give VCU a 1-0 lead.
  • As the game closed out, Tredway knocked in her first goal of the season to give VCU a 2-0 lead, giving them the win at that score. Freshman Lyndsey Gutzmer notched her first collegiate points by contributing the assist on the play.

WHAT'S NEXT 

VCU returns to the pitch this Thursday night, as they return to Sports Backers Stadium to take on in-state rival Old Dominion at 7 p.m.