Score: VCU 3, Pitt 2
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 2-1-4, Pitt 6-1-0
The short story: Redshirt junior midfielder Anna Bagley converted an 88th minute penalty kick to give the Rams a 3-2 win over the previously undefeated Panthers.
- The game-winning goal was Bagley’s first of the season and the fifth of her career. She also recorded an assist on the Ram’s second goal
- Freshman midfielder Kendyl Sarver scored a brace in the contest.
- The first goal came in the 5th minute
- Sophomore forward Kanna Matsuhisa and junior forward Milicia Bulatovic each recorded an assist on Sarver’s first goal
- The second goal came at the 54th minute
- Sarver now has three goals on the season. Sarver has a team-leading three goals
- Pitt led VCU overall in shots 27-13 with a 15-6 edge in shots on goal
- Senior goalkeeper Whitney Horton recorded 13 saves
- Pitt’s goalscorers were Leah Pais and Sarah Schupansky
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a throw-in by Pitt, Bulatovic found Matsuhisa outside the box who cross the ball right on to the head of Sarver who found the back of the net in the 5th minute
- Pitt struck back in the 25th minute when Leah Pais scored on a pass from Anna Bout
- Sarver used her head again in the 54th minute, this time scoring off a feed from Bagley’s free kick to take the lead 2-1
- Pitt found their offense again late in the 77th minute when Sarah Schupansky used a crowded box to sneak the ball past the keeper
- The Rams had the decisive moment in the game after Sarver dribbled near the keeper when she was taken down by a defender and a penalty kick was awarded in the 88th minute. Bagley took the shot for VCU and fired a perfect low-corner shot past the keeper to secure the win
VCU hits the road to battle in-state rival No. 5 Virginia in Charlottesville on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Fans can watch the match on ACCNX or ESPN+.
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