Final Score: VCU 5, American 0
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 3-0-0, American 1-3-0
The Short Story: Things took a fast turn for the better in a matter of 70 seconds for the VCU Rams, as they fired off three goals in that timespan in the first half. The Rams would finish with five total goals, all coming in the first half to defeat the American University Eagles on Sunday afternoon. VCU would finish the game with 24 shots total.
- Four different Rams would score their first goals of the season (Alyssa Tallent, Kelly Graves, Kimberly Ito, Megan Dell), while Julia Suarez added her second goal of the season.
- Dell, Tallent, and Suarez also notched assists on the game.
- Freshman Lyndsey Gutzmer collected her second assist of the season, leading to a three-game point streak.
- Goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson made one save, leading to her second shutout of the season in three games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tallent would get things started in the 11th minute, as she got open far post on a corner kick. She knocked it out of the air and in the net on a one timer to give VCU the 1-0 lead.
- Just 56 seconds later, Maddi Santo would rip a shot from inside the 18- yard box that would get saved by American. However, they would leave a rebound that Graves would be waiting for and knock into a wide open net for a 2-0 lead.
- 14 seconds after Graves' score, Tallent connected with Kimberly Ito down inside the six-yard box for the Rams third goal in just 70 seconds, giving them the 3-0 lead.
- VCU would not slow down, as Dell would snag a goal off a corner kick in the 37th minute. Suarez sent in a corner kick that would get headed toward the goal by Tori Browne. Dell would deflect Browne's header into the back of the net, giving VCU the 4-0 lead.
- Suarez would score herself a goal just minutes later in the 41st minute, as Gutzmer would slide a ball through the six-yard box that Suarez would finish to make the score 5-0.
- VCU would end the first half with 18 total shots and five corner kicks.
- The Rams would add six shots in the second half, and would not allow a shot in the final 45 minutes to take the 5-0 victory.
VCU returns to the pitch next Friday evening, September 1, as they travel to Clemson University. Kickoff in Clemson, S.C. is set for 5 p.m.