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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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RVA Beer Explorer: World Cup, Holiday Market, Gingerbread House Contest, Scott’s Addition Crawl

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GO DO THIS

World Cup Various Locations
Now through December 18th

Nearly every brewery and bar have the games on the big screen. One notable exception is Triple Crossing Fulton. We would recommend Three Notch’d and Triple Crossing. USA plays today at 2 PM for a do or die match. If you want to be among the American Outlaws the official USMNT supporter groups go to one of the spots below.

Triple Crossing Midlothian Holiday Market
December 3rd

Beer while you shop or beer while someone else shops. I still haven’t made it out to this spot yet, Foushee 4 Lyfe.

Join us for our outdoor Midlothian Holiday Market on December 3rd and shop gifts, goods, and treats for your loved ones and yourself.

Starting at 12pm, we will feature twelve local Richmond artisanal vendors.

Enjoy a beer, shop and have fun as you prepare for the holiday season!

We are dog friendly & family friendly. We also offer a selection of wine, mimosas and a full kitchen.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


COTU Gingerbread House Contest
December 2-4th

I have memories of building gingerbread houses that were complete nightmare fuel. Slanted walls, coated in frosting with random half-eaten candy dispersed throughout. Do better than me and you could win an evening at King’s Dominion.


Looking for a little Christmas cheer with your COTU beer?!?! Well, come hang out the weekend of December 2nd – 4th and join in on the gingerbread house contest. The winner gets 2 all-inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest!

Date: Dec 2nd – Dec 4th
Time: During regular taproom Hours
Cost: $20 and includes a pre-assembled gingerbread house and access to additional candy decorations. Houses can be purchased upon arrival, while supplies last.
Judging: All participants will be assigned a number, which will be included in the photo taken by a COTU staff member once the house is complete. Participants can then take their house home to keep. Monday morning, the production crew will do a blind judging of all entrant photos to determine the winner. The winner will be announced and notified on Monday afternoon, December 5th.
The Prize: The overall winner will receive 2 all inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest! Includes: Admission, Parking, Single Meal deal, and a Souvenir Mug. Valid until 1/1/23.


Scott’s Addition Home For The Holidays Crawl
December 3rd

I’m old, beer crawls with lots of other people make me grumpy. I’ll be doing my crawl with a buddy on Friday and missing out on possibly winning a cool prize pack.

Join us as we kick off this year’s House That Craft Built with a crawl through Scott’s Addition just in time for the holidays! All of partners will be donating proceeds to Richmond Habitat for Humanity that supports a build starting in early 2023. Wear your best holiday apparel or ugly sweater to get even more in the holiday spirit 🎄
Each partner is also donating merchandise that will be put together for gift basket giveaways! Everyone that RSVPs will be entered to win: https://givebutter.com/habitatholidaycrawl2022
Thanks so much to all Holiday Crawl Partners:
Bingo Beer Co
Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop
Brambly Park
Ardent Craft Ales
Reservoir Distrillery
The Veil Brewing Co (SA location)
Vasen Brewing Co
Strangeways Brewing (SA location)
Three Notch’d
Black Heath Meadery
Buskey Cider


BEER NEWS

A new spot is opening on Wednesday which might or might not be awesome. Our invite to the media preview apparently got lost in the mail. We’re not bitter, you’re bitter.

$8M entertainment venue The Park at RVA opens this week – Richmond BizSense.com

Marketed as “an indoor wonderland,” the venue consists of a mix of entertainment options, including an 18-lane duckpin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf course, three virtual golf bays, three bars, a food hall with six restaurant concepts, a beer garden-style area with 30 self-pour taps, a 200-person banquet hall and a 200-seat auditorium for live music, comedy acts and corporate functions.

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Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk this Saturday

Get a start on finding the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself.

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The Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk December 3rd, Saturday, 10-4. Stroll the sidewalk and check out Southside artists’ lawns this season. Additional free parking at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Shop 40+ local artists and vendors.

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Gilles Creek Goat Was Goatnapped

Currently there is a fundraiser to fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats.

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Details from the GoFundMe

Thank you for considering donating to our cause! This fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats. The details of Mary’s abduction are below:

Mary was seen tied up in the back of the suspect’s white/silver lifted Chevy truck on November 22, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm by a bystander leaving the Gillies Creek Disc Golf Course. Two men, over 30, were in the pens kidnapping Anne, another one of the goats. The good samaritan spooked the suspects, and they abandoned their efforts to steal Anne, escaping with Mary in the bed of their truck. Two men were in the truck, ready to drive the suspects away, for a total of 4 men perpetrating this crime. We hope to recover her safely and unharmed.

Gillies Creek Park is a community park run by a non-profit. The goats are on this property for community engagement and enjoyment; it saddens us that a situation like this has happened.

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