The University of Rhode Island women’s soccer team snapped its six-game unbeaten streak in a 3-0 shutout loss at the hands of Atlantic 10 rival Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rhode Island fell to 9-2-2 on the season and, despite having the most overall wins in the conference, is tied for sixth place with three other teams at 1-1-1 in A-10 play.
Rhode Island held strong for the majority of the first half, and goalkeeper Reilly Lindsey saved three shots-on-goal in the first 45 minutes. Despite her strong play, VCU got on the scoreboard just more than six minutes into the game as junior midfielder Maren Johansen’s initial attempt was saved, but senior forward Sharon Wojcik scored on the rebound.
“We didn’t use a very good attacking team,” Rhode Island head coach Michael Needham said. “It just wasn’t our best effort. The biggest thing we need to work on is [to] continue to bring our work ethic with us every time. We talked about being more consistent, getting back to business and rolling up our sleeves and getting back to work.”
The VCU Rams had 13 shots compared to Rhode Island’s six. VCU goalkeeper Emma Kruse registered her sixth shutout in the last nine games, having to save only two shots against URI. Kruse lowered her goals-against average to 1.39 and has saved 70.8 percent of shots she has faced this year.
With momentum increasingly swinging in VCU’s favor during the second half, senior forward Alex Gogolin added her third goal of the season to pad their lead in the 55th minute. Johansen put a shot just over Lindsey’s head with 23 minutes remaining in the game to put a comeback out of reach.
Lindsey took her second loss of the season after making four saves, only one of which came in the second half.
“At this point in the year, we’re not trying to fix anything that’s not broken,” Needham said. “The biggest thing we need to do is to stay as sharp as possible and to get as healthy as possible. We’ll be ready to go against UMass this Saturday.”
The Rams return to Kingston for their second-to-last home game of the season against the University of Massachusetts this Saturday. Rhode Island fell to the Minutemen last year, 3-1, in their only matchup of the 2013 campaign.
The Minutemen are coming off a 2-1 loss to George Washington this Saturday. UMass is one of the three squads tied with the Rams for sixth place in the Atlantic 10, but have a 3-6-4 overall posting.