DOUBLE OT TALLY BY LA SALLE DOWNS WOMEN'S SOCCER 1-0 IN A-10 TITLE GAME

Final Score: La Salle 1, VCU 0 (2 OT)
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 11-6-3 (5-3-2 A-10), La Salle 17-3-2 (9-0-1 A-10) 

The Short Story: A hard fought 108 minutes would not break in the way of the VCU Rams on Sunday afternoon, as the offensive onslaught of 29 shots and a strong defensive effort could not stave off a double overtime goal by La Salle's Maci Bower to give the Explorers the 1-0 victory in the Atlantic 10 Championship game.

 

QUICK FACTS 

  • The Rams put up a 29-12 shot advantage on the game, with 14 shots on goal.
  • VCU had Susanna Friedrichs, Tori Browne, and Megan Dell named to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team for their play in the tournament's three games.
  • La Salle goalkeeper Larissa Zambelli tied an Atlantic 10 Tournament record recording 14 saves on the game.
  • Goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson made six saves on the day for the Rams.
  • VCU held a 9-6 corners advantage, while combined both teams committed 27 fouls on the day.
  • Both Dell and Ingrid Brouwer took five shots on the day, which were a team-high. Freshman Lyndsey Gutzmer finished with four.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Like Friday's game, the Rams came out firing on all cylinders in the first minutes of the ballgame. Dell, Hallesjo, and Samantha Jerabek all had shots within the first six minutes of the match.
  • VCU would take the first six shots of the game, and hold La Salle without a shot until the 26th minute.
  • A header by Dell late in the first half would get saved off a corner kick, as the score would stay 0-0 after 45 minutes.
  • The Explorers would get the first crack on offense in the second half, as Danielle Marx got a shot 59 seconds in that would be saved by Sanderson.
  • The Rams would get their best chance in the 66th minute, as Browne connected with a header that would hit the crossbar and bounce out back into the box. Another header by Dell couldn't put it in the net, keeping the score 0-0.
  • With 15 shots up alone in the second half for the Rams, things would stay tied through the 90th minute, sending the game into overtime.
  • The play of the game would come in the first overtime, as La Salle put a ball into the box that would pinball around. It would result in the ball about to cross the line until Dell would back heel the ball with nobody else behind her, knocking the ball back out and cleared out of danger. With her play, the game would go to a second overtime.
  • With two shots by Niki Malancone up on the board in the second overtime, a breakout play by La Salle led to a 2-on-1 down the field with the Bower sisters. A heel pass from Madison to Maci would result in a one-on-one with Sanderson, where Bower would finish it inside the left post to win it for La Salle.

 

WHAT'S NEXT 

VCU's season effectively ends barring an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is scheduled for Monday evening at 4:30 p.m.