Rams Advance to Second Consecutive #A10WSOC Final
DAYTON, Ohio - For the second consecutive year, the second-seeded VCU Rams will play in the final game of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship. The Rams defeated third-seeded Saint Joseph's, 2-1, on in Friday's semifinal, held at Dayton's Baujan Field.
Just three minutes into action, Megan Enos crossed the ball into Samantha Jerabek, who tapped a shot into the left corner for her 11th goal of the year for an early 1-0 lead. The Rams finished with eight shots in the half, while the Hawks recorded ten but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
In the second frame with SJU's offense pushing, Morgan Bower collected a header rebound from Mackenzie Ehresman, spun and fired a goal into the back of the net for her eighth tally on the year to tie the game at one goal apiece.
In the 76th minute, Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Grace Bendon came off the line to punch out a shot, but VCU's Ingrid Brouwer was in the perfect position to head the ball back into the net over the head of Bendon, putting the Rams back on top, 2-1 where the score would remain.
SJU outshot the Rams 21-14 and bested VCU on corner kicks 10-4. Grace Young made eight saves in goal for VCU, while Bendon collected five in the loss.
With the win, the Rams will face top-seeded Saint Louis in Sunday's Championship final at Noon. It's the first trip to the title game for the Billikens since 2006, while the Rams return for a second-straight trip.