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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Rings Liberty’s Bell

After a slow first half the Rams scored two in the second half and maintained a clean sheet in the first home game of the year.

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Final Score: VCU 2, Liberty 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 1-0, Liberty: 0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Redshirt juniors Samantha Jerabek and Lyndsey Gutzmer netted a pair of second-half goals as VCU Women’s Soccer defeated Liberty 2-0 in its season-opening match Monday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • Gutzmer headed in a Jerabek cross in the 60th minute to open the 2021 scoring for the Rams
  • Jerabek converted a penalty kick in the 87th minute to extend VCU’s lead
  • VCU outshot Liberty 18-8 in the contest including a 10-2 shot differential in the second half
  • The Rams placed six of their shots on goal while the Flames recorded just two of their attempts on target
  • VCU improves to 5-4-3 in season opening matches dating back to the 2009 season. The Rams are 3-1 against the flames in their last four matchups

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams’ backline stifled the Flames offense throughout the entirety of the match. In the 16th minute, Liberty redshirt junior Lissi Gordon fired a shot from the right side of the box, but VCU goalie Brecht Haakma made a diving save to deflect the attempt off the post.
  • The Rams’ offense pressured the Flames throughout the first half. Jerabek blasted a pair of shots from the top of the box in the 20th minute that were narrowly saved by Liberty senior goalkeeper Melody Jayroe.
  • VCU’s offense broke through early in the second half. Jerabek lofted a cross from the left side and Gutzmer elevated over defenders and struck a header that avoided the outstretched arms of Jayroe.
  • Leading by a goal in the 87th minute, Jerabek waived through defenders and was fouled in the box by Flames senior defender Cora Duininck. The redshirt junior found the back of the net on her first penalty attempt of the season to put the match out of reach.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Thursday night at 5 p.m. against Old Dominion. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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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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Photos and Game Summary: Wolfpack Gets the Rams

The Rams fall 2-1 to the visitors from North Carolina.

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Final Score: NC State 2, VCU 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-1-1, NC State 4-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Junior Ana Bagley’s goal in the in the 44th minute was not enough for VCU Women’s Soccer as the Rams fell 2-1 to NC State Sunday afternoon at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • Bagley’s goal was her second of the season
  • VCU totaled seven shots in the game
  • The Wolfpack recorded 13 shots and placed eight on goal
  • Rams’ junior goalkeeper tallied four saves all of which came in the first half
  • NC State possessed the ball for 62% of the game

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the game scoreless in the final minute of the first half, senior Karen Lohrmann struck a cross into the center of the NC State box. Bagley came flying in and headed the ball into the right side of the net to give the Rams a 1-0 lead before the break
  • In the 63rd minute, NC State senior Mikhail Johnson received a pass from sophomore Jameese Joseph. Johnson sidestepped a VCU defender and found the back of the net to even the score
  • Wolfpack freshman Cara Elmendorf scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute
  • The Rams had a chance to take back the lead in the 75th minute, but a cross by redshirt-junior Ellen McAdams narrowly missed the right foot of forward Samantha Jerabek
  • VCU put pressure on the NC State back line to open the second half. The Rams fired four shots in the opening ten minutes, but were unable to convert

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Saturday to face Virginia in the sixth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Battle Elements and William and Mary for Draw

A Samantha Jerabek goal in the 81st minute evened the scoring as VCU Women’s Soccer battled William & Mary to a 1-1 draw Friday night.

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Final Score: VCU 1, William & Mary 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-0-1, William & Mary 0-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Samantha Jerabek goal in the 81st minute evened the scoring as VCU Women’s Soccer battled William & Mary to a 1-1 draw Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • The goal was Jerabek’s fifth of the season
  • The redshirt junior led the Rams with four total shots and two shots on goal
  • VCU recorded six corners to William & Mary’s three
  • The Tribe committed 18 fouls in the match
  • Each team placed five of 16 shots on goal

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Trailing by a goal in the 81st minute, junior Lana Golob fired a long-range shot from just across midfield. The Tribe’s junior goalkeeper Zoe Doughty deflected the ball into the center of the box and Jerabek placed it in the bottom-left corner.
  • VCU put pressure on the William & Mary back line throughout the entirety of the first half. The Rams had several chances but were ultimately unable to find the back of the net.
  • In the 12th minute, redshirt-junior Emma Kershner struck a corner that missed Doughty’s outstretched arms and connected with the crossbar, narrowly missing the goal.
  • Jerabek had the Rams final chance in the 108th minute. The redshirt junior sidestepped a William & Mary defender in the box and blasted a shot that went just wide of the goal.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Sunday to face NC State in the fifth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: North Carolina State Ruins Ram Home Opener

It was the home opener for the Rams and it didn’t go well.

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Final Score: N.C. State 1, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU (0-1-0), N.C. State (2-6-1)

The Short Story: The Rams dominated possession in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the 1-0 deficit to N.C. State Wednesday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS: 

  • Senior defender Ulrik Edvardsen and redshirt-junior Fiorre Mane each registered two shots for the Rams
  • VCU took eight corner kicks to N.C. State’s four
  • Rams attackers Biska Biyombo and Celio Pompeu each placed one shot on target
  • The Rams registered one more shot attempt than the Wolfpack
  • N.C. State placed three of their shots on target compared to VCU’s two
  • Each team came away with two saves

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

  • In the 41st minute, N.C. State midfielder Tal Segev looped an in-swinging corner kick directly into the goal. The 1-0 advantage would prove to be all the Wolfpack needed to secure a victory
  • In the second half the Rams enjoyed most of the ball. Their pressure was highlighted by a flurry of quality scoring chances around 70th minute. Edvardson was denied by the post, while sophomore Celio Pompeu’s effort on goal was denied by N.C. State goalkeeper Leon Krapf
  • The Rams continued to press toward goal deep into the 90 minutes as Mane sailed an 85th minute header over the crossbar

HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“I’ll start off by saying that in this crazy year, we are blessed to finally be able to play a real game for the first time since November of 2019.

In regards to the game tonight, although I was disappointed not to at least get the goal back in the 2nd half, I was pleased with our progression throughout the 90 minutes.  This is a very talented and dangerous team that just needs to play games and learn the things that only games can teach you. I thought we learned a ton tonight, just as we did in the 60 minutes we got against Georgetown. We’ll look at the video, and hopefully learn even more as a group the next few days. With any luck, we’ll get to play another game this weekend and try to put those things into practice.”

WHAT’S NEXT 

The Rams will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee to take on ETSU on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

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