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Photos & Game Summary: VCU Defeat Dayton in OT

A penalty kick in the 97th minute gave the Rams the victory.

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Official VCU Summary

Final Score: VCU: 2, Dayton: 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 5-5-1 (4-0, A-10) Fordham 5-7-0 (1-2, A-10)

THE SHORT STORY

An early strike from junior Biska Biyombo (Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and an overtime goal from senior Ryo Shimazaki (Kawasaki, Japan) lifted VCU to a 2-1 overtime win to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 play. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Biyombo scored in the 24th minute for a 1-0 VCU lead.
  • Dayton leveled things 1-1 in the 49th minute.
  • The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, sending VCU into its fifth overtime match of the season.
  • Shimazaki scored the game-winner in the 97th minute from the penalty spot.
  • The Rams outshot the Flyers 13-10 and put eight of those shots on frame.
  • Junior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) made three crucial saves on the night.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams opened the game up in the 24th minute when sophomore Fiorre Mane (Dakar, Senegal) fed a ball to Biyombo who dribbled around a diving keeper and buried a left footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
  • Dayton quickly looked to net one of its own, but Sequeira made a crucial save in the 28th minute when the Flyers had an open look on goal.
  • VCU almost extended its lead in the 41st minute when sophomore Martin Ngoh (Goldvein, Va.) went one-on-one with the Dayton keeper, but the save was made to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Rams.
  • Dayton got on the score sheet in the 49th minute, putting the pressure on the Rams early in the second half.
  • The Rams maintained possession and had multiple good looks, including shots by Biyombo and Mane in the final 20 minutes of the first half, but were unable to net the go-ahead goal.
  • Shimazaki tried to put the game away halfway through the first overtime with a deep shot. He put it on frame, but it fell into the hands of the Flyers’ keeper.
  • Junior Jared Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned a penalty kick in the 97th minute when he was shoved down by a Dayton defender in the box, thwarting his attack.
  • Shimazaki stepped up to the spot and became the hero when he buried the penalty kick to secure the 2-1 victory.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Rams will get a 10-day break after a busy start to October. The squad will return to A-10 play Saturday, Oct. 19 at Rhode Island. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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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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