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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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New report finds Virginia Capital Trail generated $8.9 million in local economic activity last year

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation recently released an economic impact report by the University of Richmond in collaboration with the Institute for Service Research, the findings were significant.

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

The full economic impact report can be found here.

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Flying Squirrels Season Cancelled

Take me out to the ballpark, hopefully in 2021.

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Yesterday Minor League Baseball announced that they would not be playing their 2020 season. Which obviously means no Flying Squirrels baseball for Richmond this year.

From Flying Squirrels Facebook:

Major League Baseball has informed us that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled.

Although there will be no Flying Squirrels games this summer, we will continue to be a part of the community, while having funn & making memories in new, creative ways. We love you, Richmond.

More information is here including how to get refunds for season tickets.

Don’t worry, you’ll still be seeing the Flying Squirrels as this heartfelt message from COO Todd “Parney” Parnell

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Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride set to take place as virtual event, with registration now open for participants

Participants can complete their virtual ride anytime between August 15-August 31.

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The 2020 Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride, originally scheduled for August 15, will take place as a virtual event, with registration now open at www.sportsbackers.org. Once registered, participants can complete their virtual ride anytime between August 15-August 31. Distance options for the virtual ride include three-mile, eight-mile, and 28-mile categories, and the $20 registration fee includes an event t-shirt, bicycle light set, downloadable bib number, virtual goodie bag, and a registration packet shipped directly to participants, among other items.

The Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride has grown into one of Richmond’s favorite cycling events, and 2020 marks the12th year of the ride. The virtual event encourages riders and families to explore their neighborhoods and communities in a celebration of biking and active living while adhering to current health and safety guidelines. Sports Backers will provide mapping tools and links to assist participants in creating their own unique routes to allow a personalized experience to the virtual event.

The continued support of Virginia Credit Union helps make the 2020 virtual event possible, and this will be the third year the Richmond-based financial cooperative has served as title sponsor of the event. Partnering with Sports Backers for the event helps Virginia Credit Union bring their goals of both financial and physical health together for people in the Richmond community.

“We look forward to the Moonlight Ride every year, and though this year’s event experience will be different, we know it will be a great opportunity for participants to get out and get active, and we’re happy to support that,” said Glenn Birch, Virginia Credit Union’s Director of Public and Media Relations. “Our members believe in strengthening our community and we know Sports Backers shares that belief and events like the Moonlight Ride help make it a reality.”

The virtual Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride will again feature costume and bike light decoration contests for participants, with prizes available to winners in both categories. Participants can post their photos to the event Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/moonlightride/) and winners will be notified after August 31. Contest details can be found on the Sports Backers website (https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/moonlight-ride/costume-tacky-light-contest/).

“Biking in the Richmond region continues to grow in importance for fitness, recreation, and transportation, and in the past few months it’s become increasingly popular as an exercise outlet thanks to the physical and mental benefits it provides,” said Meghan Keogh, Event Director of the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride. “We hope this year’s virtual event is another way for people of all ages and experience levels to enjoy getting on their bike and celebrating our active community, even if we can’t all be together at the same time.”

The official event charity for the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride is Bike Walk RVA, an advocacy program committed to making the Richmond area more bike and pedestrian friendly. Bike Walk RVA advocates for comfortable and connected places to bike and walk for people of all ages and abilities. Protected bike lanes, paved shared-use paths, safe intersections, and calm neighborhood streets have been proven to get people biking and walking on a regular basis and are an important part of healthy and vibrant communities. Participants who make a $20 donation to Bike Walk RVA will receive a $5 discount on their virtual Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride registration.

For registration and more event details, please visit www.sportsbackers.org.

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