Final Score: VCU 3, George Mason 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sport Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU (7-2), George Mason (6-4)

The Short Story: Sophomore midfielder Samantha Jerabek scored two goals and junior defender Susanna Friedrichs added another to power the Rams to a 3-1 win.


  • Friedrichs' goal in the 53rd minute was her second of the season and of her collegiate career.
  • Jerabek's goals in the 16th and 89th minute were her sixth and seventh of the season respectively.
  • Senior keeper Audrey Sanderson recorded her seventh win in goal this season, making four saves.
  • VCU held a 28-10 advantage in shots.
  • Today's win marked the fourth consecutive victory for the Rams and pushed them to 2-0 in conference play this season.


  • VCU opened the game aggressively when Susanna Friedrichs recorded the first shot of the game in just the 4th minute of action. She followed that up by recording VCU's first shot on goal of the game in the 12th minute. Her attempt was saved by George Mason's keeper Morgan Symmers.
  • George Mason broke the tie in the 7th minute when freshman forward Emma Van Der Vorst was able to chip the ball just out of Sanderson's reach for the first goal of the match.
  • Samantha Jerabek re-tied the game in the 16th minute when she shot a dart to the far post to bring the score to 1-1. Idelys Vazquez and Alyssa Tallent were both credited with an assist on the play.
  • Sophomore midfielder Emma Kershner shot a rocket from 20 yards out in the 26th minute but it was slightly too high and hit the post.
  • The score was deadlocked 1-1 at halftime.
  • VCU applied immediate pressure again to start the second half as Kelly Graves' was able to weave through the Patriots defense before getting fouled in the box. Friedrichs would step in and make the penalty shot to give VCU a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute.
  • Jerabek extended the lead to 3-1 in the 89th minute when Tallent intercepted a pass from a Patriot defender then played the ball to Jerabek. From there, Jerabek was able to put one in to the bottom right corner of the net from just outside the 18 yard box to extend the lead.
  • George Mason had one last shot in the closing seconds but Sanderson made the save to secure the 3-1 victory.

"I'm very proud of the grit we showed today against a very good George Mason team. We gave up a goal early and demonstrated an immediate response. That's a sign of a competitor and if we keep that mentality, we are headed in a great direction."

VCU continues conference play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, when it travels to Dayton.