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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.

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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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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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No Soccer but Richmond Kickers and Fans take to the Digital Pitch

Tune into ESPN.com for some hot 3 on 3 car soccer action.

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The USL1 soccer season was set to start last weekend. Obviously that didn’t happen. Sports junkies have been reduced to watching reruns of games and marble racing. USL is attempting to fill that live sports void slightly with a Rocket League tournament. Rocket League is a cross-platform 3 on 3 game of car soccer. The cars are turbocharged and the field is enclosed so there are spins, flips, and all sorts of skill maneuvers that talented digital jockeys can pull off.

The worldwide leader in sports, ESPN is set to broadcast the USLeCup on its digital platforms. The Kickers’ Rocket League team consists of one member from the Front Office – Taylor Bostic, one from the youth squad – Aiden Hendricks, and one from the Red Army (the Kickers supporters group) – Mike Dillion. They’ll will be representing the city and its charity partner, Feed More in the tournament.

The United Soccer League (USL) announced today that its relationship with ESPN will extend to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which will kick off on Wednesday afternoon on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.

The 32-team World Cup-style tournament features clubs from across the USL Championship and League One competing for bragging rights in the digital arena, and will also benefit local charities nominated by each club to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month.

The Kickers team takes the field on Thursday at 3PM against North Texas.

Some hot Rocket League action to whet your appetite.

 

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Live Updates: Ongoing list and information on Richmond area institution and event closures, postponements

With new information and cancellations coming in by the hour, the below is our attempt to keep you up to date on the latest Richmond area closures, cancellations, and community information, with links to relevant resources for more. We’ll continue to update this article as we learn more. Feel free to leave your own in the comments or email to [email protected]

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In the interest of public health and safety, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney recommends that all restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve food and drink within city limits eliminate bar seating, move tables at least six feet apart and limit their on-site service to 50 percent of their normal capacity. If 50 percent of capacity exceeds the CDC-recommended limit of 50 people gathered, establishments should limit their service to 50 or fewer patrons. The recommendation does not affect any restaurant’s capacity to offer carryout and delivery. In order to support the residents and businesses of Richmond, the administration will introduce on March 23 an ordinance outlining a city amnesty program for all penalties and interest on most local taxes due between March 13 and June 30, 2020. This proposed program will exclude personal property taxes on vehicles, motor vehicle license taxes, and vehicle license fees, as required by ordinance. The city is also exploring options for a program to issue small, no-interest loans to support small businesses. More information on this will be provided at a later date.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offer digital field trip for Richmond-area students

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

The Education Day activities website can be found here.

The Flying Squirrels annually host Education Days at The Diamond as a learning-centered field trip to a game for schools around the Richmond region. The team has made their 2020 Education Day curriculum, broken down by grade level, available to families and students with schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

“In these unprecedented times, it is still our responsibility to be impactful in our communities, and especially with our future: the kids,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We are very proud of this wonderful work and hope children and parents alike enjoy learning from this information.”

The Education Day curriculum was designed by a Henrico County educator and incorporates state-mandated objectives. The website includes hands-on activities, educational videos, word problems, printable activity sheets and more that align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives taught to elementary students throughout the school year.

The Flying Squirrels are encouraging participating families to share pictures of their children completing the activities with the team on their Facebook page.

In an effort to practice safe social distancing and best ensure the health and of the Flying Squirrels family, the team’s front offices and team store are currently closed. Fans looking to reach out to the Flying Squirrels front office can find information here and are encouraged to interact on social media through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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