written by: Will Brooks
In a matchup of the lone undefeated teams in Pool E, LIFE completed their second shutout in as many games at PPL Park in Philadelphia with a 19-0 win over Virginia Tech. Behind a huge group of Life U students, staff and alumni that made the long trek to Philly to support the team, Life U did not disappoint in giving them a show.
Blaine McIlroy put Life U on the board early, knifing through a hole in Hokies' defense for the first try of the contest and a 5-0 Life U lead. Just a moment later, Life U's Harley Davidson made a break for it for a beautiful run to touch, which was converted by Joe Cowley to extend the lead to 12-0 for Life U.
The pivotal moment of the match came in the closing minutes of the first half, as Virginia Tech did all they could to cut the deficit before the break with a try of their own. With some of the best defense you could imagine in sevens rugby, Life U held off the Hokies' offensive attack for roughly two minutes within 10 meters of their own goal line before forcing a knock-on penalty that ended the half.
That was all the momentum Life U would need, as they cruised in a second half that was highlighted by Cowley's first try of the tournament that he converted to give the Running Eagles the 19-0 score they would hold on to for the rest of the match.
Next up for Life U will be Arizona, the last team for the Running Eagles to play within Pool E before seeded matches begin on Sunday. Life U currently leads the pool with a 2-0 record and will clinch first place in the pool with a win tonight. The match starts at 6:26 p.m. and will be webcast live on www.usasevenscrc.com. You can also follow along on Twitter @liferugby for live play-by-play, and make sure to check out the Rugby4LIFE Facebook page for the recaps following each game.