Final Score: VCU 1, UMass 0
Location: Amherst, Mass. (Rudd Field)
Records: VCU (12-3), UMass (10-4-1)
The Short Story: Sophomore midfielder Samantha Jerabek scored the game-winning goal in the second half to push VCU past UMass 1-0.
- Jerabek scored her ninth goal of the season in the 65th minute. She also led VCU with five shots, including four shots on goal.
- Senior keeper Audrey Sanderson recorded her twelfth win in goal and sixth clean sheet of this season, making five saves.
- The Rams had five different players record a shot in today's match.
- VCU recorded 9 total shots and held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal.
- Today's win marked the eighth win in nine matches for the Rams and pushed them to 7-1 in conference play this season.
- With a win today, VCU also clinched a spot in the A-10 tournament starting October 27th and 28th.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Jerabek scored the games only goal in the 65th minute after chipping the ball just out of the keeper's reach from the far flank and into the bottom corner of the net near the left post. Ingrid Brouwer was credited with an assist on the play.
- The Rams started the game aggressively, as Jerabek took the first shot of the game for either team. Her attempt in the 5th minute forced a save by UMass keeper Peyton Ryan.
- VCU recorded two more shots halfway through the first half that nearly broke the tie. Kelly Graves' attempt in the 24th minute went just wide left while Susanna Friedrichs' shot in the 25th minute forced another save by Ryan.
- Jerabek recorded her second shot on goal in the 34th minute but Ryan was able to save the attempt, keeping the score tied at 0.
- The Rams entered halftime with a 5-1 advantage in shots and a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal, but the game remained scoreless.
- VCU started the second half on the attack as Jerabek and CiCi Fox recorded shots in the first six minutes of action. Both attempts forced saves by UMass' keeper Peyton Ryan.
- Sanderson recorded saves in the 79th and 80th minutes to preserve a 1-0 lead that VCU would never relinquish.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"Our staff is very pleased with our effort and grit from today's performance. The game had momentum swings in both directions, but we weathered the storms and played aggressively throughout. All who stepped on the field this afternoon, gave everything they had to the mission."
VCU continues conference play this Thursday, Oct. 18, when they travel to URI Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. matchup with Rhode Island.