OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION LEADS VCU TO 5-1 WIN OVER LONGWOOD

Final Score: VCU 5, Longwood 1
Location: Longwood, Va. (Longwood Athletics Complex)
Records: VCU (2-0-0), Longwood (0-1-0)

THE SHORT STORY

After a flurry of goals, VCU defeated Longwood 5-1 on the road Sunday evening to improve to 2-0-0.

QUICK FACTS

  • Senior Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.) set the tone with a 5th minute goal.
  • In the 30th minute, senior Alyssa Tallent (Woodbridge, Va.) netted the second goal of the night.
  • Sophomore Idelys Vazquez (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore Emily Charen (Northbrook, Ill.) scored in the 44th and 45th minute respectively, giving VCU a 4-0 lead at halftime.
  • Vazquez got back on the scoresheet in the 79th minute to increase the Rams' lead 5-1.
  • VCU outshot Longwood 29-4 and landed 18 of those shots on frame.
  • The Rams held the advantage in corner kicks 7-1.
  • Throughout the match, 27 Rams saw time on the pitch.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams were on the front foot offensively from the opening whistle. Friedrichs wasted little time getting on the score sheet after settling a deflected ball at the top of the box and slotting the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal.
  • Senior Amanda Tredway (Downingtown, Pa.) and junior CiCi Fox (Fredericksburg, Va.) both had good looks in the opening minutes that were saved.
  • Returning from an injury shortened 2018, Tallent scored her first goal of the 2019 campaign in the 30th minute by using her pace to beat the Lancers' defender to put the ball in the back of the net.
  • Vazquez kept the offensive prowess going in the 44th minute when she settled a loose ball bouncing around the penalty area and deflected the shot in off the Longwood keeper.
  • The fourth goal came in the final minute of the first frame by way of Charen. After a long free kick, she picked up the rebound and buried the ball.
  • Sophomore Brecht Haakma (Amsterdam, Netherlands) made her regular season debut when she took over between the pipes for the Rams to start the second half.
  • Longwood found the back of the net in the 56th minute.
  • Vazquez rounded out the night's scoring with her second goal when she cleaned up a rebound after a header by junior Emma Kershner (Centraville, Va.).

HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN

"We were far more clinical in the final third tonight, especially in the first half. Our pressure and defending created many of our opportunities. It was nice to be able to spread the minutes amongst the team and give some different players a look. The deeper we are, the better we will be come conference season."

WHAT'S NEXT

The Rams will make their regular season debut Thursday, Aug. 29 at Sports Backers Stadium. Kickoff against Loyola is slated for 7 p.m.