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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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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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Photos and Game Summary: Wolfpack Gets the Rams

The Rams fall 2-1 to the visitors from North Carolina.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: NC State 2, VCU 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-1-1, NC State 4-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Junior Ana Bagley’s goal in the in the 44th minute was not enough for VCU Women’s Soccer as the Rams fell 2-1 to NC State Sunday afternoon at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • Bagley’s goal was her second of the season
  • VCU totaled seven shots in the game
  • The Wolfpack recorded 13 shots and placed eight on goal
  • Rams’ junior goalkeeper tallied four saves all of which came in the first half
  • NC State possessed the ball for 62% of the game

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the game scoreless in the final minute of the first half, senior Karen Lohrmann struck a cross into the center of the NC State box. Bagley came flying in and headed the ball into the right side of the net to give the Rams a 1-0 lead before the break
  • In the 63rd minute, NC State senior Mikhail Johnson received a pass from sophomore Jameese Joseph. Johnson sidestepped a VCU defender and found the back of the net to even the score
  • Wolfpack freshman Cara Elmendorf scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute
  • The Rams had a chance to take back the lead in the 75th minute, but a cross by redshirt-junior Ellen McAdams narrowly missed the right foot of forward Samantha Jerabek
  • VCU put pressure on the NC State back line to open the second half. The Rams fired four shots in the opening ten minutes, but were unable to convert

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Saturday to face Virginia in the sixth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Battle Elements and William and Mary for Draw

A Samantha Jerabek goal in the 81st minute evened the scoring as VCU Women’s Soccer battled William & Mary to a 1-1 draw Friday night.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: VCU 1, William & Mary 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-0-1, William & Mary 0-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Samantha Jerabek goal in the 81st minute evened the scoring as VCU Women’s Soccer battled William & Mary to a 1-1 draw Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • The goal was Jerabek’s fifth of the season
  • The redshirt junior led the Rams with four total shots and two shots on goal
  • VCU recorded six corners to William & Mary’s three
  • The Tribe committed 18 fouls in the match
  • Each team placed five of 16 shots on goal

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Trailing by a goal in the 81st minute, junior Lana Golob fired a long-range shot from just across midfield. The Tribe’s junior goalkeeper Zoe Doughty deflected the ball into the center of the box and Jerabek placed it in the bottom-left corner.
  • VCU put pressure on the William & Mary back line throughout the entirety of the first half. The Rams had several chances but were ultimately unable to find the back of the net.
  • In the 12th minute, redshirt-junior Emma Kershner struck a corner that missed Doughty’s outstretched arms and connected with the crossbar, narrowly missing the goal.
  • Jerabek had the Rams final chance in the 108th minute. The redshirt junior sidestepped a William & Mary defender in the box and blasted a shot that went just wide of the goal.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Sunday to face NC State in the fifth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: North Carolina State Ruins Ram Home Opener

It was the home opener for the Rams and it didn’t go well.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: N.C. State 1, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU (0-1-0), N.C. State (2-6-1)

The Short Story: The Rams dominated possession in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the 1-0 deficit to N.C. State Wednesday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS: 

  • Senior defender Ulrik Edvardsen and redshirt-junior Fiorre Mane each registered two shots for the Rams
  • VCU took eight corner kicks to N.C. State’s four
  • Rams attackers Biska Biyombo and Celio Pompeu each placed one shot on target
  • The Rams registered one more shot attempt than the Wolfpack
  • N.C. State placed three of their shots on target compared to VCU’s two
  • Each team came away with two saves

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

  • In the 41st minute, N.C. State midfielder Tal Segev looped an in-swinging corner kick directly into the goal. The 1-0 advantage would prove to be all the Wolfpack needed to secure a victory
  • In the second half the Rams enjoyed most of the ball. Their pressure was highlighted by a flurry of quality scoring chances around 70th minute. Edvardson was denied by the post, while sophomore Celio Pompeu’s effort on goal was denied by N.C. State goalkeeper Leon Krapf
  • The Rams continued to press toward goal deep into the 90 minutes as Mane sailed an 85th minute header over the crossbar

HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“I’ll start off by saying that in this crazy year, we are blessed to finally be able to play a real game for the first time since November of 2019.

In regards to the game tonight, although I was disappointed not to at least get the goal back in the 2nd half, I was pleased with our progression throughout the 90 minutes.  This is a very talented and dangerous team that just needs to play games and learn the things that only games can teach you. I thought we learned a ton tonight, just as we did in the 60 minutes we got against Georgetown. We’ll look at the video, and hopefully learn even more as a group the next few days. With any luck, we’ll get to play another game this weekend and try to put those things into practice.”

WHAT’S NEXT 

The Rams will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee to take on ETSU on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

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