Final Score: #8 Clemson 1, VCU 0
Location: Riggs Field (Clemson, S.C.)
Records: VCU 3-1-0, Clemson 5-0-0
The Short Story: With a strong defensive showing overall, it would be a single goal by the Clemson Tigers in the 61st minute of the game Friday evening that would mark the difference in the match, as the VCU Rams took a loss for the first time this season by a final score of 1-0.
- The game was highlighted by solid defense in the back by Tori Browne, Susannah Friedrichs, Amanda Hallesjo, Megan Dell, and Samantha Jerabek. The combination held the Tigers without a shot for a majority of the first half, as Clemson's first shot came in the 31st minute.
- Audrey Sanderson played an exceptional game in net, making three saves on four shots.
- Jerabek would get the most offensive opportunities, taking a team-high three shots in the contest, while Hallesjo also had two.
- Browne, Kimberly Ito, Julia Suarez, and Amanda Tredway would also get off shots in the match.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ito would get things going in the 16th minute, marking the first shot by either team. Her shot would be the only one on net for the Rams during the game, as Clemson goalie Sandy IacIver made the save.
- The Tigers would test Sanderson and the defense toward the back end of the first half, as they were able to take five shots. However, things stayed 0-0 through the first 45 minutes.
- Both sides had opportunities off of corner kicks, as both sides traded multiple chances through the first 55 minutes.
- It would be a corner kick opportunity that would get Clemson their goal in the 61st minute, as Jeni Erickson headed a ball over the head of Sanderson for her second goal of the season, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
- The Rams pushed hard late, as they found some good looks with under 10 minutes to go. Both Browne and Tredway had the best looks in the 84th and 85th minutes.
VCU returns to the pitch next Friday evening, September 8, as they travel to the University of Charlotte, with kickoff at 7 p.m.