GREENSBORO, N.C. – After falling behind within the game’s first eight minutes on Sunday, UNCG was unable to comeback against VCU, dropping a 2-0 decision at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
"Today's match was very physical game with a lot of stoppages, which made it tough for us to get into the flow of the game," said head coach Michael Coll. "There were a lot of fouls called and bad tackles made so there was really no flow to the game. We couldn't really play the style that we are capable of because of the amount of stoppages."
The Rams controlled the pace of play throughout the game, getting off 20 shots, including seven on goal. The Blue and Gold, however, did earn a slight advantage in the corner kick battle, winning five compared to four from VCU.
Freshman Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper (Charlottesville, Va./Albamare) made the start in goal for the Spartans, making four saves in her 45 minutes of action. Veteran Chloe Buehler (Perrysburg, Ohio/Penn State) replaced Tyler-Cooper in goal for UNCG in the second half, holding the Rams off the scoreboard and making one save.
The contest did not get off to the start that UNCG would have hoped for with VCU opening the scoring just eight minutes in. Maddi Santo was able to pick out a streaking Stephanie Stahl in front of goal, who layed off to Alyssa Tallent in all kinds of space. Tallent didn’t waste the opportunity, sliding her shot past Tyler-Cooper to put the Rams up 1-0.
The Rams doubled their lead in the 26th minute, this time with Amanda Tredway finding the net. Kimberly Ito was able to find Tredway with her cross in the middle of the 18-yard box and all Tredway had to do was pick out an open area of the goal.
After collecting themselves at the halftime break, UNCG was able to find its shape in the second half and started to put more pressure on VCU. Unfortunately the Spartans were never able to find the final ball when finding themselves in dangerous positions.
"The defense played very well in the second half," said Coll. "The halftime talk was about us deciding to turn things around in the second half. We didn't really show ourselves in a good light in the first half, we weren't really competing hard enough. In the second half the entire team changed that and that was what we really tried to drive them towards at halftime. We wanted to fight the way know we can fight and we did that."