Marshall Drops Opener in VCU Tournament
Herd Fall in Early Test
Aug. 26, 2011
Richmond, Va. – The women’s soccer team looked to keep its winning ways alive Friday night against the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams, but the tournament host was too strong and eventually outlasted The Herd in a 4-1 victory.
Marshall once again came out eager to attack and solid with the ball early on. In the twentieth minute, Chelsey Maiden (Vienna, W. Va./Parkersburg HS) put The Herd on the board first as she collected a loose ball to the side of the net and made a quick turn to put in her first goal of the season.
The Rams quickly responded, however, and executed their game plan as Cristin Granados netted a shot off of a rebound that was initially saved by keeper Betsy Haugh (Earlysville, Va./Albemarle HS) to even up the score at 1-1.
VCU continued to showcase their talent rattling two penalty kicks home, which found The Herd at a 3-1 disadvantage. Courtney Conrad capped off the scoring for the home team, which led to the 4-1 outcome.
Coach Kevin Long saw weaknesses that need addressing, while still admitting VCU’s talent. Long stated, “Credit VCU. They had an excellent game-plan coming in and executed it well. Our team learned a great lesson tonight, and saw where they can get better.”
Long continued by saying, “We need to continue being aggressive and stick to our game-plan for the entire 90 minutes. I am glad that we had an opportunity to see regions of growth now as we prepare ourselves for conference play.”
The Herd mustered six shots throughout the match. Beyond Maiden, Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East HS) continued to display her aggressive style of play with four shots.
Meaghan Dullea led VCU on the evening with two goals.
Coach Long and The Herd look to salvage the tournament with a match against The College of William and Mary. The 11:30 A.M. matchup will also be held in Richmond, Va.