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Photos and Game Summary: Penalty Kicks Push the Rams to the Semi-Finals

A nail-biter at Sports Backers on Saturday. It took a last-minute penalty, two periods of extra-time, and then a penalty shootout for the Rams to advance to the semi-finals.

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It Came Down to Penalty Kicks








Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: VCU: 2, George Mason: 2 (VCU advances 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 7-7-3 (6-1-1, A-10), George Mason: 4-12-2 (3-5-0, A-10)

THE SHORT STORY 

VCU advances to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Semifinal round after defeating George Mason in a penalty kick shootout Saturday night at Sports Backers Stadium.  

QUICK FACTS

  • George Mason got on the board first with a goal in the 17th minute.
  • The Patriots scored again in the 33rd minute to take a 2-0 lead.
  • Freshman Celio Pompeu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) cut the Patriots’ lead in half in the 68th minute with his first goal of the season.
  • VCU equalized at the death as senior Ryo Shimazaki (Kawasaki, Japan) converted a penalty kick with just 25 seconds left in the match.
  • Two overtime periods were not enough to decide the match, so the squads went to a penalty kick shootout.
  • VCU advanced after winning the penalty shootout, 4-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Patriots took a 1-0 lead, scoring against the run of play as they took advantage of one of their first truly threatening possessions of the match. George Mason took a shot from the right side of the box that was saved by Sequeira, but a streaking runner was there to punch the rebound in.
  • Sophomore Fiorre Mane (Dakar, Senegal) fired VCU’s first shot of the night near the penalty box, but it sailed above the cross bar.
  • One of the Rams’ best looks of the first half came in the 28th minute. After senior Fortia Munts (Barcelona, Spain) won a corner, he served in a beautiful ball. Junior Biska Biyombo (Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) got a head on it, but the shot clanged off the cross bar.
  • George Mason increased its lead 2-0 in the 33rd minute after slotting the ball inside the near post after a cross in from the right side.
  • VCU earned a pair of free kicks in dangerous spots in the last few minutes of the first frame. Munts stood over both and put each on frame, but the George Mason keeper was up to the task to keep the Rams off the board.
  • The Rams came out of the halftime break hot, firing a couple of early shots to test the Patriots’ defense.
  • In the 52nd minute, Pompeu put another shot on target for VCU, but his attempt fell into the arms of the George Mason keeper.
  • Another good look came for VCU in the 63rd minute as junior Oquin Robinson (Bull Bay, Jamaica) fired a rocket that forced an impressive diving save by the Patriots’ keeper.
  • The Rams cut the George Mason lead in half in the 68th minute. After VCU earned a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, Pompeu stood over the kick and bent a ball into the upper right corner of the net to cut the lead 2-1.
  • Munts had a good look at an equalizer in the 83rd minute with a shot from the top of the box that forced yet another leaping save by the Patriots’ keeper.
  • George Mason was whistled for a foul in the 84th minute, giving VCU another free kick just outside the Box. Pompeu stood over it yet again, but his shot sailed just high this time.
  • VCU equalized, 2-2, with just 25 seconds on the clock. The Rams were awarded a penalty after a foul in the box and Shimazaki calmly converted the penalty to send the game into overtime.
  • Neither team was able to find a winner in either overtime period and the game would head to a penalty kick shootout.
  • VCU advanced to the Atlantic 10 semifinal round, 4-3, on penalty kicks. Sequeira made one save and George Mason sent its fourth kick high. Senior Jared Valdes (Dunn Loring, Va.) buried the winning penalty.

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU will head to the campus of Fordham University for the A-10 semifinals. The Rams will face the winner of No. 3 Dayton and No. 6 La Salle that will be played Sunday, Nov. 10.

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Flying Squirrel 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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Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride set to take place as virtual event, with registration now open for participants

Participants can complete their virtual ride anytime between August 15-August 31.

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The 2020 Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride, originally scheduled for August 15, will take place as a virtual event, with registration now open at www.sportsbackers.org. Once registered, participants can complete their virtual ride anytime between August 15-August 31. Distance options for the virtual ride include three-mile, eight-mile, and 28-mile categories, and the $20 registration fee includes an event t-shirt, bicycle light set, downloadable bib number, virtual goodie bag, and a registration packet shipped directly to participants, among other items.

The Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride has grown into one of Richmond’s favorite cycling events, and 2020 marks the12th year of the ride. The virtual event encourages riders and families to explore their neighborhoods and communities in a celebration of biking and active living while adhering to current health and safety guidelines. Sports Backers will provide mapping tools and links to assist participants in creating their own unique routes to allow a personalized experience to the virtual event.

The continued support of Virginia Credit Union helps make the 2020 virtual event possible, and this will be the third year the Richmond-based financial cooperative has served as title sponsor of the event. Partnering with Sports Backers for the event helps Virginia Credit Union bring their goals of both financial and physical health together for people in the Richmond community.

“We look forward to the Moonlight Ride every year, and though this year’s event experience will be different, we know it will be a great opportunity for participants to get out and get active, and we’re happy to support that,” said Glenn Birch, Virginia Credit Union’s Director of Public and Media Relations. “Our members believe in strengthening our community and we know Sports Backers shares that belief and events like the Moonlight Ride help make it a reality.”

The virtual Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride will again feature costume and bike light decoration contests for participants, with prizes available to winners in both categories. Participants can post their photos to the event Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/moonlightride/) and winners will be notified after August 31. Contest details can be found on the Sports Backers website (https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/moonlight-ride/costume-tacky-light-contest/).

“Biking in the Richmond region continues to grow in importance for fitness, recreation, and transportation, and in the past few months it’s become increasingly popular as an exercise outlet thanks to the physical and mental benefits it provides,” said Meghan Keogh, Event Director of the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride. “We hope this year’s virtual event is another way for people of all ages and experience levels to enjoy getting on their bike and celebrating our active community, even if we can’t all be together at the same time.”

The official event charity for the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride is Bike Walk RVA, an advocacy program committed to making the Richmond area more bike and pedestrian friendly. Bike Walk RVA advocates for comfortable and connected places to bike and walk for people of all ages and abilities. Protected bike lanes, paved shared-use paths, safe intersections, and calm neighborhood streets have been proven to get people biking and walking on a regular basis and are an important part of healthy and vibrant communities. Participants who make a $20 donation to Bike Walk RVA will receive a $5 discount on their virtual Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride registration.

For registration and more event details, please visit www.sportsbackers.org.

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Action at Texas Beach before heading off to protest.

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