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La Salle Beats VCU in OT Thriller, Advances to NCAA Tournament

Release: 11/04/2012
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Nov. 4, 2012

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The La Salle Women's Soccer team continued its successful 2012 campaign with a 2-1 overtime win against VCU in the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship game Sunday at the University of Rhode Island Soccer Complex. In the 99th minute of play, junior Renee Washington headed the final goal into the back of the net off a re-start from sophomore Maryam Huseini.

La Salle (17-4-1) received an automatic qualification bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. With the win, head coach Paul Royal recorded his 100th career victory.

The two teams battled through the first half, registering for just 13 combined shots in the period.

La Salle got on the board first with a goal early in the second half from Renee Washington in the 47th minute, assisted by freshman Jessika Kagan.

The Rams retaliated with a Maren Johansen goal in the back corner of the net past a diving La Salle goalkeeper, Gabrielle Pakhtigian. Earlier in the sequence, sophomore Kelsey Haycook stood guard on the post, preventing a VCU attack.

The Rams finished its inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 with a record of 12-5-5. 

Following the game, the All-Tournament Team was awarded. From the Atlantic 10 Champions, La Salle, red-shirt junior Jourdan McVicker received Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament for her defensive efforts in three tough battles against Charlotte, Butler and VCU.

Joining her on the All-Tournament team from La Salle were junior defender Ashley Chilcoat and junior Renee Washington.

Also on the team from the runner-up VCU Rams was sophomores Maren Johansen and Cristin Granados, junior Brianne Moore and seniors Carly Edgcomb and goalkeeper Kristin Carden.

Rounding out the All-Tournament team was seniors Colleen Williams and Alysha Mallon from Dayton and Sophia Maccagnone from Butler.

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