PHOTOS and GAME SUMMARIES: VCU Soccer Double-Header

PHOTOS and GAME SUMMARIES: VCU Soccer Double-Header

Both the men and women of VCU soccer lost by one goal on Sunday but did it dramatically different fashion. The women lost 4-3 in an exciting end to end shoot out while the men lost 1-0 in the first period of extra time in a bruising battle where the ball refused to find the back of the net.

VCU Women vs ODU





Official VCU Summary

Final Score: Old Dominion: 4, VCU 3
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU (4-1-1), Old Dominion (4-0-1)

The Short Story

After a wild first half that saw six goals scored, a tally in the 75th minute proved to be the difference as VCU took its first loss of the 2019 season.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Rams outshot the Monarchs, 15-to-10, including a 7-to-5 advantage in shots on goal
  • VCU also took five corner kicks compared to just two for Old Dominion
  • Junior midfielder Samantha Jerabek (Chesterfield, Va.) looked dangerous all night, leading VCU with five shots
  • Kyra Ricks used her excellent speed to match Jerabek and pace ODU with five shot attempts of her own. She finished the game with two goals and an assist

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • ODU opened the scoring in the 14thminute on a goal by Amanda Nhek
  • Senior defender Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.) and redshirt junior midfielder Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) proceeded to score back-to-back goals in the 15thand 24thminutes to give VCU its first lead
  • The Monarchs answered back quickly, striking for a pair of goals in the 28thand 31stminutes to go right back in front
  • VCU continued to push forward late in the first half and eventually found the back of the net again as junior forward CiCi Fox (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored with only 12 seconds left before halftime
  • The game evolved into a much more defensive contest in the second half, but Old Dominion caught VCU’s goalkeeper off her line with a long shot that just snuck inside the far post in the 75thminute
  • The Rams pressed high for the final 15 minutes as they looked for an equalizer, but were rebuffed by the Monarchs’ defense until the clock hit zero

HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN

“It just wasn’t our day and there was a noticeable lack of effort, which is very uncharacteristic of our team. We’re really talented, but we didn’t look like it for much of the game. When you’re not playing with the effort that you typically do, bad things are going to happen and you could see that in the first half especially. Old Dominion played like they wanted it more, but hopefully this is a lesson for us that we can never overlook anyone.”

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU hits the road to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.


VCU Men vs NJIT






Official VCU Summary

Final Score: NJIT: 1, VCU: 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records:VCU (1-2-0), NJIT (3-0-1)

The Short Story

After 90 scoreless minutes of regulation soccer, a golden-goal winner by NJIT decided Sunday night’s match.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Rams outshot NJIT 19-9 during the 96-minute match.
  • VCU won the corner kick battle 5-2.
  • Sophomore Martin Ngoh (Goldvein, Va.) led VCU with six shots, landing three on target.
  • NJIT scored the winner in the 96th minute.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Ngoh got going early, blasting a shot on target in the 13thminute that was saved by the Highlanders’ keeper.
  • VCU earned a penalty in the 46th minute when Ngoh drew a foul inside the box. NJIT’s keeper was, however, up to the task and denied the spot kick to keep things scoreless.
  • Junior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) charged off his line in the 60th minute to defend an NJIT breakaway and came up with a massive save to keep the Highlanders off the board.
  • With just under two minutes in regulation, Ngoh nearly netted a go-ahead goal when he picked up a loose ball and blasted a shot that rattled off the cross bar.
  • NJIT came out on top when it netted a golden goal in the 96th minute.

HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“There is a special team in this group, we just have to keep on going and believing. As we get healthier and continue to improve each week, we are going to be very, very good.”

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU hits the road for a six-game road stretch beginning Friday, September 13 at UCF.

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