Granados, Acosta Help Lead Costa Rica to Gold Medal in Central American Games

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – VCU Women's Soccer players senior Wendy Acosta (pictured right) and sophomore Cristin Granados helped lead the Costa Rican Women's National Team to a gold medal in the Central American Games earlier this month.

"We're very proud of the impact that both Wendy and Cristin made while playing with their national team," said VCU Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak. "It is absolutely awesome that Wendy was the leading scorer and MVP of the entire event. It's a great honor to represent your country on the soccer field, but they are also great ambassadors for VCU. They have made great strides on the field and in the classroom since they have arrived at VCU and it is wonderful to see their devotion and commitment recognized with a gold medal."

 The Costa Rican team went a perfect 5-0-0 in the Central American Games, and won the championship 4-0 against Nicaragua on March 15. The Costa Ricans also beat Belize (14-0), Nicaragua (3-0), El Salvador (3-1) and Panama (3-0) on the way to the championship match.

Acosta, who was named the tournament's MVP, scored 10 goals and had one assists during the tournament. The San Jose, Costa Rica native scored two goals in the championship match against Nicaragua and netted a hat trick in the match against Belize.

Granados also had a strong performance at the Central American Games. The Cartago, Costa Rica native scored two goals and added two assists to help lead the Costa Rican team to a perfect record.

VCU burst onto the scene during its first season in the Atlantic 10 last fall, posting 12 victories, the most during Co-Head Coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak's six-year tenure with the Rams.  The Black and Gold also advanced to the conference championship match for the second straight season.