Women’s soccer splits a pair in Tarheel state

Women’s soccer (4-2-0) traveled to Charlotte, NC on Friday and Greensboro, NC on Sunday for a pair of non-conference road matchups. The Black and Gold prevailed against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro by a final of 2-0 after falling to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 3-2.  

UNC Greensboro

With the thought of a two game losing streak in the back of their minds, the Rams headed a few hours south to Greensboro on Sunday with a sense of desperation in tow.

The Spartans of UNC Greensboro headed into the match against VCU with a 2-4-1 record after falling to a regular on VCU’s schedule, Longwood University.

The Rams did not take long to get going and scored in the seventh minute — sophomore midfielder Alyssa Tallent recorded her first goal of the season.

The Spartans failed to stop the Rams again in the 25th minute when a shot from the 18-yard box by redshirt-sophomore Amanda Tredway made its way into the back of the net.

VCU dominated UNC Greensboro with seven shots on goal compared to their zero. The Spartans were not able to get off a single shot all day, while VCU fired a staggering 20.

Greensboro struggled to keep up with the Rams, putting in 10 players off the bench. The 2-0 loss dropped the Spartans to 2-5-1 on the year.

UNC Charlotte

Coming off the first lost of the season at Clemson University, the Rams headed to Charlotte, NC to play against the 49ers of UNC Charlotte.

Junior forward Julia Suarez got the game going with the first goal on either end in the 28th minute, stealing the ball away from a defender and punching it in from the 15-yard line. Suarez also had the second most shots on goal with two, following behind redshirt sophomore defender Tori Browne who put three attempts on target.  

Browne came in clutch in the 85th minute with a shot from the left side, tying it at 2-1. Browne gave the Rams the lead and hope for a win while scoring her first goal of the season. However, the 49ers did not give Browne a chance to celebrate her first goal and got another shot only a minute later, giving them the lead at 3-2.

The Rams had time for one more shot on goal by Browne, but could not convert.

VCU has its first home game since August on Sept. 14 against the 5-2 Longwood University Lancers. The Rams will have a tough game with the Lancer’s, who boast big wins against Virginia Military Institute and Howard University as well as a two-overtime-stunner victory against Marshall University.

Danial Puryear

Contributing Writer

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