The American University women's soccer team had a number of chances, but couldn't hold off the Virginia Commonwealth attack as they fell, 1-0, on Friday afternoon.
"I'm proud of the way we played against a very good VCU team," said Head Coach Dave Bucciero. "I thought we limited their chances and unfortunately gave away a goal off a long free kick late in the half. We moved the ball better in the second half and I am confident we can turn things around. Our back four led by Hannah Tatro and Kirsten Eriksen were again fantastic."
Klare Lazor made a number of saves early for American (1-5-1), with the Rams' offense recording three shots in the first six minutes. American had its first opportunity in the 16th minute, when Michaela Cowgill sent a shot over the post. Carleigh Morba came into the game and instantly pressured the Virginia Commonwealth defense, charging down the field and sending a shot straight at goalkeeper Kristin Carden.
Virginia Commonwealth (2-2-2) found the back net in the 44th minute as Wendy Acosta headed the ball into the top right corner off a cross from Lauryn Hutchinson for the 1-0 advantage.
The two teams played evenly in the second half, with the Rams registering six shots as Sam Trotta and Morba's attempts at equalizers went wide.
The Rams outshot American by a 14-6 margin in the game. Lazor recorded four saves for the Eagles.
American returns to Reeves Field on Sunday, September 9 to host Loyola (Md.) at 12 p.m. The match marks the annual "Phil Reeves" event. AU students will be treated to a free barbecue courtesy of the AU Student Government, free Robeks smoothies and free Coca-Cola products at the match.