Final Score: VCU 5, George Mason 1
Location: Fairfax, Va. (George Mason Stadium)
Records: VCU: 7-3-1 (1-2, A-10) George Mason: 2-7-1 (0-3, A-10)
THE SHORT STORY
VCU earned its first Atlantic 10 victory of the season behind big performances from junior Samantha Jerabek (Chesterfield, Va.) and senior Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.), defeating George Mason 5-1 on the road.
- Junior Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 21st minute.
- Friedrichs kept the momentum going with another goal in the 23rd minute for a 2-0 lead.
- The Rams went up 3-0 thanks to a Jerabek goal in the 26th minute.
- George Mason found the back of the net in the 39th minute to cut the VCU lead 3-1.
- The final goal of the first half was in the 43rd minute, Jerabek's second of the match, for a 4-1 lead at halftime.
- Friedrichs scored the final goal of the match in the 59th minute for a 5-1 VCU lead.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a slow start to the match, VCU opened things up in the 21st minute. Senior Amanda Tredway (Downingtown, Pa.) was taken down in the box by the George Mason keeper, earning a penalty kick. Kershner stepped up and buried the spot kick to take a 1-0 lead.
- The momentum stayed in the Rams' favor as they quickly got back on the board. In the 23rd minute, Jerabek crossed the ball to Friedrichs who split the defense and calmly hit the ball to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
- Jerabek continued to torment the Patriots' defense, scoring in the 26th minute. VCU launched a beautiful attack and Kershner connected with Jerabek in the box, who was able to slot the ball past the keeper.
- After allowing a goal in the 39th minute, Jerabek answered with yet another Rams goal in the 43rd as she snuck in behind the defense and tapped in a cross from senior Nikki Malancone (Williamstown, N.J.).
- Friedrichs notched her first career brace when she scored her second goal of the match in the 59th minute, keeping the momentum in VCU's favor in the second half. Junior Paige Franks (Richmond, Va.) played a ball to Friedrichs who blasted a shot just inside the 18-yard box and found the top left corner of the goal.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
"I was proud of our bounce back effort today on the road at Mason on a hot day. We came ready from the start, were more aggressive in our defending, and finished the opportunities we created in the final third. We need to make sure this becomes who we are every day and not just on the occasions we choose to show up."
The Rams will be back in action at La Salle Thursday, October 3. The A-10 match is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.