Final Score: VCU 4, Dayton 0
Location: Dayton, Ohio (Baujan Field)
Records: VCU (8-2), Dayton (4-5-2)

The Short Story: Junior midfielder Alyssa Tallent scored twice, while sophomore midfielder Samantha Jerabek and senior forward Kelly Graves each added a goal in the Rams 4-0 win over Dayton.


  • Tallent's goals in the 53rd and 83rd minute were her second and third of the season respectively.
  • Jerabek's goal in the 13th minute was her eighth of the season.
  • Graves scored her third goal of the season in the 57th minute.
  • Senior keeper Audrey Sanderson recorded her fifth clean sheet of the season, making two saves.
  • VCU held a 12-9 advantage in shots and a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal.
  • Today's win marked the fifth consecutive victory for the Rams and pushed them to 3-0 in conference play this season.


  • The Rams scored the first goal of the game in just the 13th minute. After a beautiful through ball from Tallent, Jerabek was able to find the back of the net to put VCU on top 1-0. Tallent and Graves were both credited with an assist on the play.
  • A shot from Dayton's Micayla Livingston in the 17th minute forced a save from Sanderson. The play kept VCU on top 1-0 early in the first half.
  • VCU had an opportunity to extend the lead in the 44th minute after a shot from sophomore midfielder Emma Kershner was just off the mark. The Rams entered halftime still leading 1-0.
  • The Rams started the second half aggressively, when CiCi Fox recorded her first shot of the game in the 48th minute. Her attempt was just off the mark as it went wide.
  • In the 53rd minute, Tallent put a move on a Dayton defender and pushed VCU's lead to 2-0 with a rocket that slid in the near post. She was played in beautifully on a cross by Jerabek, who recorded her second assist of the season on the play.
  • Just four minutes later, Graves extended the lead to 3-0 when her shot to the near post from the center of the box found the back of the net. Graves goal came off a Jerabek assist as well after she dribbled down the sideline and dropped a cross in perfectly to set up the shot.
  • Tallent put the game out of reach in the 83rd minute when she scored her second goal of the game with a rocket to the near post. The goal put VCU up 4-0 in the closing moments of the game.
  • George Mason had one last shot in the closing seconds but the attempt was blocked by a VCU defender, securing the fifth shutout of the season.

"I am extremely proud of our group tonight. We fought hard and competed for 90 minutes like a team on a mission. Our finishing was clinical and defending was solid. A 4-0 result against a good Dayton team shows just how good we can be this season."

VCU continues conference play this Sunday, Sept. 30, when Duquesne comes to town for a 2 p.m. matchup at Sports Backers Stadium.

September 27, 2018 RAMS FLY HIGH OVER DAYTON