JERABEK'S LATE GOAL PROPELS VCU TO VICTORY OVER PITT

Final Score: VCU: 1, PITT: 0
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Ambrose Urbanic Field) 
Records: VCU: 5-1-1, PITT: 3-3-1 

The Short Story

Junior Samantha Jerabek's (Chesterfield, Va.) goal in the 80th minute was enough to lift VCU to victory over ACC foe Pittsburgh Thursday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field. 

QUICK FACTS

  • VCU outshot Pittsburgh 17-5 and landed four of those shots on frame. 
  • Redshirt junior Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) blasted a team-high four shots. 
  • The Rams' impressive defensive efforts allowed just five shots from the home Panthers.  
  • Jerabek scored the only goal of the game in the 80thminute. The goal was the first of the season for Jerabek, last year's leading scorer.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Young (Chesterfield, Va.) asserted her dominance between the pipes, making two key saves and making many key plays to keep Pitt off the board. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Senior Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.) blasted the first shot of the night in the seventh minute to assert VCU's offensive dominance. 
  • The first shot on frame was by VCU's sophomore Lana Golob (Recica ob Paki, Slovenia) in the 8thminute when she put a head on the end of a corner kick to force a Panthers save. 
  • VCU peppered the Pitt goal for the remainder of the first half, but was unable to find the back of the net. 
  • The Rams came out of the break right where they left off, continuing to be the offensive aggressor, firing several shots in the opening minutes. 
  • Jerabek finally put the Rams ahead in the 80thminute. Junior Karen Lohrmann (Clifton, Va.) made a run down the right side and served a beautiful ball to the back post to a waiting Jerabek who headed the ball past the keeper. 
  • The Rams settled in defensively for the remaining 10 minutes of the match, withstanding one final push from the Panthers to preserve the 1-0 victory.

HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN

"We are really proud of the teams' response tonight. We all felt that we underachieved in our last game, so it was important to return to our playing style and mentality today. Doing that while also coming away with the result on the road is a great step in the right direction."

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to its home Sports Backers Stadium for a Sunday match against St. Francis. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.