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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Fall to Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons scored two in the first half and easily held that lead to the final whistle.




Official VCU Game Summary

The short story: ACC foe Wake Forest netted two first-half goals to hand VCU its first loss of the season.


  • The Demon Deacons outshot the Rams by a 16-8 margin, but only held a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.
  • Wake Forest held 60% of the possession, while VCU was on the ball 40% of the time.
  • Redshirt senior forward Samantha Jerabek accounted for half of VCU’s total shots (4) and both of its shots on goal.
  • Freshman forward Kanna Matsuhisa also registered a pair of shots.


  • Wake Forest’s Shayla Smart opened the scoring in the 12th minute, collecting a loose ball in the box and firing a left-footed shot inside the right post.
  • Malaika Meena doubled the Demon Deacons’ lead in the 20th minute, taking a deflected cross from Jenna Menta and redirecting it to the near post.
  • Jerabek had a quality look at goal from a direct free kick in the 29th minute, but her effort hit the wall.
  • In the 53rd minute, Jerabek took a free kick quickly to find junior midfielder Anna Bagley, who laid the ball off for Matsuhisa just above the penalty spot, but the ball was cleared by Wake Forest defenders before she could get a shot away.
  • Jerabek had the Rams’ best chance of the game in the 66th minute, taking a left-footed shot from six yards out and forcing a diving save.

The Rams head to Lynchburg, Va., for a match against Liberty on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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