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VCU and Richmond to Co-host A-10 Tournament

The Stuart C. Siegel Center will serve as host for two second round games on March 11, as well as two quarterfinal contests on March 12. All other games, including the semifinal and championship rounds, will be held at the Robins Center on Richmond’s campus.

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VCU will team up with crosstown rival Richmond to host the 2021 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, presented by Air Force Reserve, March 10-14 the league announced Thursday.

The two-arena format will allow the league to provide student-athletes with a superior championship experience while adhering to COVID-19 protocols and addressing challenges created by the pandemic.

The Stuart C. Siegel Center will serve as host for two second round games on March 11, as well as two quarterfinal contests on March 12. All other games, including the semifinal and championship rounds, will be held at the Robins Center on Richmond’s campus.

The location of each second round and quarterfinal game will be revealed when championship seeding is announced.

“This decision is a great example of exceptional collaboration between the A-10 membership, our media partner NBC Sports, Barclays Center and our A-10 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee. Independently both VCU and Richmond submitted proposals to host, so their willingness to combine efforts and support the league’s best interest to separate the days with four games is truly appreciated,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The fact that we have two premier arenas, within six miles of each other, willing to host is a tremendous advantage for the A-10 in our goal to provide the safest, best experience for our teams, coaches and campus communities. A-10 members Dayton, Duquesne, George Mason and Saint Louis submitted proposals to host and each would have provided an excellent option. I wish to thank them for their time, work and effort and willingness to host the championship.”

The unique opportunity to play the eight games across Thursday and Friday at two A-10 arenas in the same city, allows for operational efficiencies in implementing comprehensive health and safety plans by establishing two highly COVID-precautionary controlled environments. Participating teams will benefit from receiving additional time and space for pre-game stretching, warmup and shooting time because of transitioning from game to game between two arenas. Additionally, host institutions will have ample time to execute safety protocols related to ventilation, sanitization of shared spaces such as the team bench areas, locker rooms, scorer’s table surfaces and treatment areas. The need to hold teams in locker rooms to eliminate transitioning teams from being in close proximity will also be eliminated. NBC Sports, which broadcasts both the second round and quarterfinals to a national audience, will also benefit from the elimination of extended time between games, allowing for comprehensive coverage with the games being aired consecutively.

It will be the first Division I conference tournament contested in the city of Richmond since 2013. The Richmond-based Colonial Athletic Association held its championship at the Richmond Coliseum from 1990-2013. VCU, which played in the conference from 1995-2012, captured titles in 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 in their hometown.

The 2021 championship will be the first time since 2004 that the full championship has been contested on campus, when Dayton served as host at UD Arena. Additionally, from 2010-2012, the first round of the championship was held in the home arenas of the higher seeds. The A-10 championship has been played in part or in its entirety on an A-10 campus 18 times.

VCU is also scheduled to host the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship at the Siegel Center March 3-7.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Fall to FIU

A defensive battle ends with the Rams losing 1-0 on Tuesday night.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: Florida International 1, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 0-5-4, FIU 5-3

The short story: It was an even match for much of the contest, however, an FIU goal in the 46th minute was enough to secure a victory for the visiting Panthers.

QUICK FACTS

  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper John Ermini played all 90 minutes in net, coming up with two key second half saves to keep the game close
  • Freshman forward Papa Toure led the Rams’ offensive effort with three shots. Sophomore midfielder Philip Klomp got off two shots of his own
  • Freshman defender Hayato Miyano and freshman midfielder Graham Dougald each saw their first game action of the season
  • FIU only outshot the Rams by a count of 3-2 in shots on goal despite outshooting VCU 23-12 in the match

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first half came and went with limited great scoring opportunities for either side. The Panthers had eight shots in the opening half to VCU’s three
  • FIU came out of the halftime locker room with a quick offensive strike, culminating in the lone goal of the game by Simon Afrifa in the 46th minute
  • The Rams picked up their attack after surrendering the early second half goal as VCU recorded nine of its 12 shot attempts in the second half
  • VCU had both shots on goal following FIU’s early second half goal but the Rams were unable to tie to the game

HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game tonight. A little bit of good fortune for them and bad fortune for us in the way the ball bounced. Good response to getting into the mid-week rhythm, an adjustment from last week when it was our first time playing three games in seven days, and so I was really pleased with the guys for that. We had a little run of time there in the first half where we had to absorb and just kind of gutted through that. Then, the rest of the game kind of went how we wanted it to go. Guys are learning, and we got two more freshman into their first minutes, and I thought both of those guys performed well. Guys are just growing into the season and coming along, against another top-25 type team, the margins are very small.  We’re getting into the positions where we control the game more and more as we go, but some cutting edge in the final third is still needing to occur. But we looked at some things yesterday with our movements and runs in the box, and I was proud of the guys who were in those positions and responded and got to good spots. Sometimes the ball did not arrive, sometimes it wasn’t quite accurate, sometimes the keeper saved it, and sometimes they missed, but we’re getting to positions where we can create more high-percentage chances, not as often as we can or we’re going to be capable of long-term, but much more than a week ago, and way, way more than two weeks ago. Pleased with the performance, just not with the result. But performances over time, the game is honest. If you keep doing the things you need to do, the results will come the way we need it. ”

UP NEXT

The Black and Gold resume their A-10 Conference slate on Saturday, Oct. 1 when they play host to Rhode Island.  Kickoff time is at 7 p.m. and it will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Give Up Lead Settle for Draw

For the second game in a row the Kickers had the lead and gave it up for a draw.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS  1    36′ Bryant (Bolanos)

CENTRAL VALLEY FUEGO FC  1 69′ Crisler (Own Goal)

The Richmond Kickers (13-7-7, 46 pts) extended their unbeaten streak to six with a 1-1 draw against visiting Central Valley Fuego FC (9-10-8, 34 pts), Saturday night, as Jonathan Bolanos recorded his 11th assist of the season, the most in a single season in league history, and the club set a new attendance record of 5,304 fans.

While Central Valley enjoyed the majority of the chances in the first half, it was the Kickers who capitalized with their lone shot on target.

In the 36th minute, Ethan Bryant found an open space and took the dribble, finding Bolanos who was making a wide run. Bolanos carried the ball forward before cutting the ball back to Bryant in space just outside the 18-yard-box. The midfielder took a touch and shot a rocket into the top corner of the net, giving the Kickers the lead going into the locker room.

The Kickers continued to press for more chances in the second half, and every chance became more and more dangerous.

In the 52nd minute, Matthew Bentley took the ball from the defensive half and was able to find Nil Vinyals. The Spaniard found Bolanos with a pass who rifled it to Bentley who made a run into the box. The forward had enough time to get off a point-blank shot but it was saved by the charging Fuego goalkeeper.

Immediately after, Akira Fitzgerald was able to save a low near post shot from Central Valley’s Maxi Schenfeld.

Another near chance came in the 62nd minute when Emiliano Terzaghi crossed midfield with the ball and saw the Fuego goalkeeper off his line. The Argentine ripped a shot that caught the keeper off guard but didn’t curl enough en route and went just wide of the goal.

In the 70th minute, Central Valley leveled the scoreline from a corner kick. Fuego put the ball in a dangerous area that appeared to take a touch off a Kickers player in the box before crossing the line resulting in an awarded own goal.

The Kickers would control the remaining minutes of the match as Fuego went down to 10 men in the 80th minute after Sergio Chavez collided with Owayne Gordon in transition and received his second yellow of the night.

In the 85th minute, Stephen Payne received the ball and dribbled all the way into the box, crossing the ball to a charging Ethan Vanacore-Decker. The sub got to the ball but his one-time effort went just over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, the Kickers were rewarded with a corner kick. Vinyals took the kick and found Jalen Crisler who moved ahead of his marker and got his head on the ball. However, his effort would go just over the crossbar.

With the point against Fuego FC, the Kickers extended their lead in the USL League One standings and currently sit five points ahead of second-place Greenville Triumph SC. Richmond still holds serve on earning the first spot in the league playoffs with three matches remaining in the regular season.

The Kickers have two upcoming road matches on Saturday, Oct. 1 at South Georgia Tormenta FC and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Forward Madison FC before returning home to host Greenville Triumph SC in the USL League One regular-season finale. The club will host Fan Appreciation Night. Kickoff on Oct. 15 is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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PHOTOS: VCU Gets One Goal and the Win Against LaSalle

The Rams dominated much of the play, especially in the first half.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 1, La Salle 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 4-1-7 (2-0-2), La Salle 6-5-0 (1-3-0)

The short story: Junior forward Aisha Maughan scored the games lone goal on a penalty kick which pushed VCU past La Salle, 1-0

QUICK FACTS

  • Maughan’s goal was her second of the season
  • Senior goalkeeper Whitney Horton four saves in her sixth shutout of the season
  • The Rams shot the ball 16 times, six of them on goal compared to the Explorers eight shots, four on goal
  • VCU had seven chances from the corner while La Salle had just one
  • La Salle’s goalkeeper Michela Auguadro made five saves


HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the 24th minute, Maughan drove into the box and drew a foul. She lined up for the penalty kick and fired one past the keeper to give the Rams a 1-0 lead
  • Maughan threatened to strike again in the 40th minute when she lined a shot up towards the bottom right corner of the net but La Salle’s Auguadro made the save
  • Horton made a big stop as the half winded down in the 44th minute when La Salle’s Leah Giles forced a shot towards the bottom center of the net.
  • La Salle’s Giles had another last minute big opportunity in the 89th minute when she forced Horton to make a save with her hands


UP NEXT
VCU faces cross-town rival Richmond on the road on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. Fans can watch the action on ESPN+

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