Final Score: VCU: 0, Fordham: 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 5-6-2 (4-1-1), Fordham: 4-9-1 (3-2-0)
THE SHORT STORY
Two overtime periods were not enough to decide a winner Wednesday night as VCU played to a 0-0 draw with Atlantic 10 foe Fordham.
- VCU boasted a balanced offense with nine different athletes taking at least one of the side’s 15 shots.
- Junior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) made four stops on the night en route to his third clean sheet of the season.
- VCU put four shots on frame, forcing several saves by the Fordham keeper.
- The Black and Gold were dominant offensively, earning nine corner kicks to Fordham’s zero.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- One of VCU’s best chances came early on in the 16th minute when it earned a free kick just outside the box. Junior Oquin Robinson (Bull Bay, Jamaica) took the kick and nearly curled it in the top corner of the net, but the Fordham keeper made an impressive save to keep VCU off the board.
- VCU had a couple chances in the 31st minute from close range, but both shots were blocked.
- Just before the half, sophomore Martin Ngoh (Goldvein, Va.) had a good look at goal, but his shot was deflected out for a corner.
- VCU got a look when junior Jared Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) put a shot on frame, but it was saved.
- Junior Biska Biyombo (Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) played in a beautiful ball in the 78th minute just in front of goal. The ball just missed the feet of several VCU Rams crashing in.
- With a minute left in regulation, senior Myles Brown (Richmond, Va.) was inches away from putting the game away with a sliding shot that went just wide of the left post.
- Neither team was able to find a golden goal, earning each side a point in the Atlantic 10 standings.
The Rams will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 26 against George Washington. The match, at Sports Backers Stadium, is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. VCU’s senior class will be honored before the match.
Henrico Schools cancel winter sports in light of rising COVID-19 cases
School officials will consider the possibility of allowing spring sports in February, depending on how the pandemic continues to unfold.
From the Henrico Citizen:
There will be no school-sponsored winter sports in Henrico County this year, school officials announced Monday.
The decision came in light of rising COVID-19 case incidence locally and tighter state restrictions about indoor events, according to Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks.
Fall sports were delayed until the spring (with a start date of Feb. 4), and Henrico Schools officials will evaluate in January the possibility of allowing those sports to take place, Jenks wrote in a message posted on the school system’s website and sent to families.
VCU Ram Attendance Capped at 250
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
VCU Athletics issued this statement earlier today.
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Tuesday’s capacity adjustment was made in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced last week.
Should the State issue new guidance in the future, VCU Athletics will adjust accordingly.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to VCU students and guests of student-athletes. Approximately 175 seats will be reserved for season ticket holders. VCU Athletics will determine access to season tickets based on giving level and rank within each giving level, consistent with the Seat Equity model. VCU Athletics has created protocols to make unused tickets available to Ram Athletic Fund members on a single-game basis.
Season ticket holders will receive notice by Wednesday, Nov. 18 if they qualify for the new limited capacity model. Ticket holders who do not meet the limited capacity qualifications will have a variety of options, including the ability to transfer their season ticket donation to a Ram Athletic Fund gift for 2021-22 or a refund.
“We regret that we cannot have our usual full capacity to start the men’s basketball season,” McLaughlin said. “Our loyal, dedicated fans make our home games the best environment in college basketball and we will miss everyone who cannot attend in person. We will continue to work with all parties in an effort to maximize capacity beyond the current guidelines as the season progresses.”
VCU Athletics will limit seating to the arena bowl in a socially-distanced manner, with a buffer zone around the court to prevent contact between fans and participants. Courtside seating and the Tommy J. West Club will be closed. Ticket holders in those areas will have the opportunity to sit in the bowl area.
We here at RVAHub are in communication with the Rams and are hoping to have a photographer at the game but that isn’t confirmed yet.
Photos: Surfing Z Dam
Floodwaters bring out the skilled river riders to take to the waves at Z Dam. These photos were shot Saturday afternoon.