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PHOTOS: VCU Get Third Draw in a Row This Time Against UMass

Neither team could find the back of the net in this 0-0 draw.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 0, Massachusetts 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 0-3-3 (0-0-1 Atlantic 10), UMass 5-0-2 (0-0-1 Atlantic 10)

The short story: Both the Rams and the Minutemen had their fair share of opportunities throughout the 90-minute contest, but neither side could find the back of the net and had to settle for a tie in their first Atlantic 10 Conference game.

QUICK FACTS

  • It was a back-and-forth battle, and the final team stats reflect that, with UMass holding a slight edge in shots over the Rams, 16-12.
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper John Ermini played all 90 minutes in net, getting credit for the Rams’ first shutout of 2022.
  • Freshman midfielder Moussa Ndiaye, sophomore midfielder William Hitchcock, and sophomore midfielder Jonathan Kanagwa accounted for two shots each.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first half was a feeling out process for both the Rams and the Minutemen, with not that many great scoring opportunities for either side.
  • The pace of play and aggression picked up in the second half, as the two teams got more shots on net, but none of them got by the goalkeepers.
  • The two sides combined for five yellow cards in the game, four of which came in the second half of play.

HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

I was proud of the guys again for another step in their growth from last game to this one. It was the first time we kept a clean sheet so far this year, exhibitions included, and so that’s a big step. Obviously, UMass defensively is very strong and very stout. They’ve been scoring a lot of goals, and so it was nice to not concede any. We’d like to have gotten a result, but at this point I don’t think we’re prepared to break down teams consistently enough and do the things we need against very good defensive teams. So we’ll take the point and three in a row unbeaten and keep getting better, and we’ve got another tough game coming up on Tuesday with ODU.”

UP NEXT

The Rams continue their mid-season homestand on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with an in-state, non-conference bout against Old Dominion. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium, and the game will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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