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It was not VCU’s night at Sports Backers Stadium as they lost to St. Louis 4-0.

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Official VCU Summary:

Final Score: VCU: 0, SLU: 4
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 6-3-1 (0-1, A-10), SLU: 7-3-1 (1-0, A-10)

THE SHORT STORY

Despite an evenly matched second half, a flurry of first half goals were enough for Saint Louis to defeat VCU 4-0 in Richmond on Thursday.

QUICK FACTS

  • This is the first meeting of the teams since the 2018 Atlantic 10 Tournament Finals where the Billikens were victorious.
  • SLU got on the board early with a goal in the 8th minute.
  • Back-to-back goals in the 33rd and 35th minutes gave Saint Louis a 3-0 lead.
  • In the final minute of the first half, Saint Louis earned a penalty kick and converted for a 4-0 lead.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Saint Louis’ first goal of the night came off a shot from well outside the 18-yard box that floated just under the cross bar.
  • VCU launched a promising attack in the 18th minute when junior Lyndsey Gutzmer(Henrico, Va.) streaked up the right side and put in a beautiful ball just in front of the goal, but the Saint Louis keeper charged off her line and scooped up the ball.
  • The Billikens scored on a corner kick and on a takeaway to take the 3-0 lead after the first 35 minutes.
  • Sophomore Idelys Vazquez (Virginia Beach, Va.) provided a spark of the bench. In the 42nd minute, she was able to split the defense and charge towards the ball in the box, but the SLU keeper made the clearance just seconds before Vazquez was able to get a shot off.
  • After the VCU keeper came of her line and collided with a Saint Louis player, the Billikens were awarded a penalty kick and converted from the spot for a 4-0 lead just before halftime.
  • Junior Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) ripped the first VCU shot of the night in the 57th minute, but it was wide.
  • VCU was able to get off four more shots in the half, but were unable to put any on frame.

HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN

“Saint Louis is a great team and we knew that coming in, yet we didn’t hit the field ready. I think everybody could see that in the first half we weren’t ready and they pounced all over us. They created opportunities through being more physical and more confrontational and in transition and attacking they are a very good team. What we can take away from it is a page out of that book; can we be more physical and win more first and second balls? Because we are a very good attacking team as well.”

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU will continue Atlantic 10 play on the road at George Mason Sunday, September 29 with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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With new information and cancellations coming in by the hour, the below is our attempt to keep you up to date on the latest Richmond area closures, cancellations, and community information, with links to relevant resources for more. We’ll continue to update this article as we learn more. Feel free to leave your own in the comments or email to [email protected]

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offer digital field trip for Richmond-area students

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

The Education Day activities website can be found here.

The Flying Squirrels annually host Education Days at The Diamond as a learning-centered field trip to a game for schools around the Richmond region. The team has made their 2020 Education Day curriculum, broken down by grade level, available to families and students with schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

“In these unprecedented times, it is still our responsibility to be impactful in our communities, and especially with our future: the kids,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We are very proud of this wonderful work and hope children and parents alike enjoy learning from this information.”

The Education Day curriculum was designed by a Henrico County educator and incorporates state-mandated objectives. The website includes hands-on activities, educational videos, word problems, printable activity sheets and more that align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives taught to elementary students throughout the school year.

The Flying Squirrels are encouraging participating families to share pictures of their children completing the activities with the team on their Facebook page.

In an effort to practice safe social distancing and best ensure the health and of the Flying Squirrels family, the team’s front offices and team store are currently closed. Fans looking to reach out to the Flying Squirrels front office can find information here and are encouraged to interact on social media through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Richmond Kickers Delay Start of USL1 Season by Two Weeks

Any scheduled pro club events taking place prior to the start of the season will be postponed to later dates.

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The Richmond Kickers were set to take the field on March 28th. That has now been pushed back by at least two weeks. They released a statement that will look all to familiar in the coming weeks.

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