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Photos & Game Summary: VCU and George Washington End in Draw

Two goals apiece mean that VCU had to share the point with the visitors.

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Official VCU Summary

Final Score: VCU: 2, George Washington: 2
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 7-5-2 (1-4-1 A-10) George Washington 10-1-3 (5-0-1 A-10)

THE SHORT STORY 

VCU and George Washington played to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes of play in an all-important Atlantic 10 match Sunday at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • VCU got on the board first for a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the 33rd minute.
  • George Washington came out of the halftime break and quickly leveled in the 48th minute.
  • The Rams got back on top 2-1 in the 49th minute with a goal from junior Samantha Jerabek (Chesterfield, Va.).
  • The Colonials tied the game again in the 84th minute when it converted a penalty kick.
  • Neither team could score a game-winner in either overtime period and the game would end in a 2-2 tie.
  • Sophomore keeper Brecht Haakma (Amsterdam, Netherlands) made 11 crucial saves on the afternoon between the pipes.
  • Jerabek led the squad with four of the squad’s 16 shots on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Haakma asserted herself early, laying out in the 23rd minute to deny the Colonials of an early goal.
  • The Rams opened the game up when it found the back of the net in the 33rd minute. Senior Amanda Tredway (Downingtown, Pa.) played strong defense and won the ball and went on a streaking run up the right side. She put in a cross just in front of the near post that was redirected into the goal by a Colonials’ defender for a 1-0 VCU lead.
  • After the halftime break, the Colonials found the equalizer in the 48th minute on a shot from inside the 18-yard box.
  • The Rams responded quickly with a goal on the restart attack. Senior Alyssa Tallent (Woodbridge, Va.) put in a beautiful ball from the right side that junior Lyndsey Gutzmer (Henrico, Va.) put on frame. Her shot was saved, but Jerabek was at the back post to bury the rebound to retake a 2-1 lead.
  • A penalty kick was awarded to George Washington after both players went down on a 50/50 ball in the box. The Colonials converted from the spot to tie the game 2-2 in the 84th minute.
  • Junior Paige Franks (Richmond, Va.) was just inches away from a go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a shot that banged off the left post.
  • Haakma made another clutch save in the 90th minute to send the game into overtime.
  • Neither side notched a golden goal in the first overtime period, sending the match to a final 10-minute overtime period.
  • VCU’s best chance in overtime came in the 109th minute when senior Nikki Malancone (Williamstown, NJ) got on the end of a free kick, but her header was just wide.
  • Both teams left the match with a point after playing to a 2-2 draw.

HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN

“I am extremely proud of our team’s fight, commitment and resilience throughout the course of 110 minutes. We didn’t allow tough circumstances to beat us. I felt like we deserved more than one point today, but sometimes calls don’t go your way and balls bounce off the post. That’s soccer. We will regroup, allow our bodies to recover physically and will put our minds fully towards Thursday’s game at Richmond now. We know we are in a must win situation moving forward and I believe in us.”

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 17 as it makes the short trek to the University of Richmond. Kickoff is slated for 3 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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Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge

The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.

The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.

“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same
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Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.

“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”

Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.

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Spiders versus Ram Game Postponed Due to Covid-19

Sometimes when you play sports in the middle of a pandemic people test positive for the disease that has killed over 380,000 in the United States.

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The cross-city basketball derby will have to wait. University of Richmond released the following statement.

The University of Richmond men’s basketball home game Saturday against VCU has been postponed in response to the results from the latest COVID testing and contact tracing within the Spiders program. All team activities are paused at this time.

Richmond continues to follow the guidance of University health officials and the Virginia Department of Health protocols. No decisions have been made regarding any additional Richmond games.

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Photos and Game Summary: Ram’s Home Winning Streak Comes to an End

Rhode Island handed the Rams their first loss at home. Final score Rhode Island 83, VCU 68.

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Official VCU Game Summary

HYLAND’S 24 NOT ENOUGH FOR VCU AGAINST RHODE ISLAND

Score: Rhode Island 83, VCU 68
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 9-3 (2-1 A-10), Rhode Island 6-6 (4-2)

The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland’s 24-point performance was not enough for VCU Men’s Basketball as it suffered 83-68 loss to Rhode Island Saturday night at the Stuart C. Seigel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland led the Rams in scoring for the ninth time this season. The sophomore also collected five rebounds in the contest. The Wilmington, Del. native scored 19 of his 24 in the second half and connected on 8-of-19 field goals
  • Junior guard KeShawn Curry chipped in 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Black and Gold
  • Sophomore forward Hason Ward bolstered the VCU defense tallying four blocks. Ward also contributed eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field
  • Fatts Russell and Jeremy Sheppard contributed 23 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Rhode Island

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Rhode Island a 17-2 scoring run over more than six minutes in the second half to take a commanding 71-56 lead with 7:05 left. Russell punctuated the decisive run with a step-back 3-pointer as the shot clock expired
  • VCU battled hard in a back-and-forth first half. The game was knotted at 40 when the teams entered the locker room
  • Rhode Island won the rebounding battle 41-26, including 25-8 in the second half
  • Rhody shot .481 (26-of-54) from the field, including .571 (8-of-14) from 3-point range

NOTABLE

  • The game featured 10 lead changes and nine ties
  • VCU recorded 11 blocks in the game, marking the second time this year the Black and Gold registered double-digit blocks
  • The Rams outscored Rhode Island in bench points 29-22. VCU has outscored opposing benches in 11 of 12 games this season
  • Hyland scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season
  • Ward tied his career high with four blocks

UP NEXT

VCU will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on George Washington 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The game will air on ESPN+ and NBC Sports Washington.

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