FIELD HOCKEY (2-0; 1-0 last week)
THE story of the weekend was me, successfully cooking an unburned meal for my wife on her birthday. The SECOND biggest story of the weekend was senior Kelsey Scherrer scoring the 39th goal of her career – a game-winner – in VCU’s 2-1 win over Columbia. Scherrer, who has two goals in as many games this season, passes Alycia Yoder, who racked up 38 goals from 1991-94.
“I foam at the mouth when I get in the circle with the ball,” Scherrer said, rather colorfully, of her nose for the goal.
With Sunday’s victory, VCU is 2-0 to start the year for the first time since 2009.
See ya when I see ya
Following a pair of victories at Cary Street Field, the Rams will hit the road for the next six matches. Only the Grateful Dead have been on the road longer.
“We are playing…this is a phenomenal year. We play as a team, as a unit on the field. We come off the field and we’re not as tired as we have been [in the past] because we’re playing as a unit. We’re connecting, we’re finishing. We’re doing the things we practice. We’re doing better every game. This has been the best game we’ve played so far and it can only get better.” – Kelsey Scherrer on VCU’s 2-0 start
Turn the page
VCU will meet Longwood on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in Farmville, Va., followed by a match with Monmouth on Sunday, Sept. 9 in West Long Branch, N.J.
VOLLEYBALL (5-1; 3-1 last week)
Mama, I’m coming home
After two weeks on the road, VCU returned home on Labor Day and promptly put in a full day’s work. The Rams rallied from 2-1 deficit to outlast Middle Tennessee State 3-2 Monday and put an exclamation point on VCU’s 5-1 start. Senior Anett Farkas was, to put it mildly, as good as I’ve ever seen her in a VCU uniform Monday. She finished with 15 kills, 10 digs, four aces and three solo blocks. She seemed to convert every big chance for the Rams.
They are who we thought they were (or at least we hope so)
With Monday’s victory, VCU has wins over two teams that finished in the top 50 in RPI last season (Ball State, 36th, was the other). If Ball State and Middle Tennessee are anywhere near as good as they were last season, the Rams could have a couple of quality wins for their NCAA resume.
I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!
Sophomore Cecilia Aragao was named MVP after VCU captured the Courtyard Midtown Classic in Raleigh, N.C. over the weekend. The Rams finished 2-1, and Aragao led VCU to a thrilling, 3-2 victory over host N.C. State with 49 assists.
Can you quote me on that?
“The biggest thing for us is that our team finally learned how to play like a family. They played for each other. It changed everything.” – Head Coach James Finley following VCU’s win over N.C. State Saturday
VCU will host the Third Degree Sportswear Invitational Sept. 7-8 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Rams will open the weekend on Friday when they host Virginia for the first time since 2002. That match begins at 7 p.m. The Rams will also take on Georgetown and Appalachian State on Saturday.
MEN’S SOCCER (1-0-2; 0-0-1 this week)
And still undefeated…
So far, the only thing that has beaten the VCU Men’s Soccer team has been the weather. Lightning forced the postponement of the Rams’ contest at Navy on Saturday. Earlier in the week, VCU tied UMBC 1-1. Dennis Castillo scored in the 49th minute for the Rams that night.
Something’s got to give
In three matches, the Rams have outshot their opponents 64-36. However, that’s only resulted in a 4-2 margin in goals scored.
“Tonight was frustrating for all of us, but the type of game we need to continue to learn from as we move forward. Unfortunately, we will see the same type of game plan 12-15 more times this year and we’re going to have to solve the challenges that teams present us.” — VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard following Thursday’s 1-1 tie with UMBC
The Rams will travel to Norfolk, Va. and meet Winthrop on Friday, Sept. 7 in the first day of the Old Dominion Tournament. VCU will also play Seton Hall on Sunday.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-2-2; 0-0-1 this week)
Fit to be tied
VCU got a Cristin Granados goal in the 74th minute to salvage a 1-1 tie with Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Sports Backers Stadium. Although it wasn’t a victory, as the Rams had hoped, Sunday’s tie – which was interrupted by a lightning delay – did halt a two-match losing streak.
It’s pronounced, “SOF-OH-MORE”
Granados, a sophomore, now leads the Rams with five points (2 goals, 1 assist) in five matches. The native of Costa Rica scored six goals and assisted on two others last season.
“I think a lot of it had to do with mentality. I think we just came out a little flat. We talked at halftime about our mentality [and our team] knew that it was not good enough…We showed a lot of character from our team today. Although we didn’t start strong, we were able to come back from being down.” – Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak on VCU’s 1-1 tie with Villanova
The Rams will be proud to be at American, or something like that. VCU faces the Eagles on Friday, Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE (2-1-1; Last week, 1-1)
That’s what you call extension
Check out the VCU Ultimate Frisbee Play of the Week. Next week we’ll have an interview with Head Coach Keanu Reeves. Stay tuned!