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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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Kickers and USL1 Announce Plans for 2020 Season

The Richmond Kickers haven’t announced their plans for hosting games and if fans will be allowed into City Stadium.

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Official Richmond Kickers Announcement:

USL League One announced on Thursday a revised regular season and playoff structure for the 2020 season has been approved by the league’s Board of Governors. The new format for the league’s second season will see each of League One’s teams play 20 games across 15 weeks in the regular season to determine the sides that will meet in the 2020 League One Final.

The revised schedule will see each team in League One face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

The regular season will be played over a single-table format, with the schedule set to kick off on Saturday, July 18 and conclude on Saturday, October 24th. The top two teams in the final regular season standings will then meet the week of October 31st in the 2020 League One Final.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Additionally, League One’s Board of Governors approved a motion that will allow five substitutes to be used for the remainder of the 2020 season. Matchday squads will remain at 18 players, with clubs mandated to provide 23-man provisional squad lists at least 48 hours prior to kickoff, as per league rules.

The number of substitutes represents an increase from the three substitutions rule that had been in place. However, to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make all of its allotted five substitutions.

Substitutions may also be made at halftime without counting against a club’s three in-game opportunities. The decision is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board in May.

Every game of the 2020 League One season will be broadcast on ESPN+. Announcements regarding Home Openers for each club and the full 2020 schedule will be announced in the coming days.

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New report finds Virginia Capital Trail generated $8.9 million in local economic activity last year

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation recently released an economic impact report by the University of Richmond in collaboration with the Institute for Service Research, the findings were significant.

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

The full economic impact report can be found here.

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Flying Squirrels Season Cancelled

Take me out to the ballpark, hopefully in 2021.

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Yesterday Minor League Baseball announced that they would not be playing their 2020 season. Which obviously means no Flying Squirrels baseball for Richmond this year.

From Flying Squirrels Facebook:

Major League Baseball has informed us that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled.

Although there will be no Flying Squirrels games this summer, we will continue to be a part of the community, while having funn & making memories in new, creative ways. We love you, Richmond.

More information is here including how to get refunds for season tickets.

Don’t worry, you’ll still be seeing the Flying Squirrels as this heartfelt message from COO Todd “Parney” Parnell

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