Score: VCU 3, George Mason 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 2-7-6 (2-1-4 Atlantic 10), George Mason 2-10-2 (1-5-1 Atlantic 10)
The short story: The duo of sophomore midfielder Damian Gallegos and sophomore forward Camilo Comi put on a scoring clinic to help the Rams win their regular season home finale over their in-state rivals.
- Gallegos’ goal was his first of 2022 and the fifth of his collegiate career.
- Comi scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, leading the Rams.
- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper John Ermini had a quiet night in net, only needing to make one save.
- The Rams outshot the Patriots by a margin of 13-10, and they also got more shots on goal, 5-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Scoring opportunities were few and far between in the early going, with both sides vying for possession in the midfield.
- After subbing in for sophomore midfielder Johnathan Kanagwa, Gallegos took a feed from freshman forward Jean-Claude Bilé and deposited it in the back of the net with his right foot in the 35th minute. The Rams took a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
- After halftime, Comi made multiple Patriot defenders miss before sending the ball home with his left foot in the 51st minute.
- In the 61st minute, Comi added on to the Ram lead with a sliding shot off a nifty cross from sophomore midfielder William Hitchcock.
- George Mason got on the board in the 68th minute when the ball deflected in for an own goal; however, the Black and Gold defense held strong the rest of the way to clinch the win.
QUOTING COACH DAVE GIFFARD
“It was good to get three points. I haven’t looked at all the scores, but that certainly can’t hurt us in the standings in the [Atlantic 10]. We’ll take them, and we’ll go on. I was a little disappointed that we conceded a goal, kind of let down, kind of a soft own goal, but it was a good performance and we’ll take three points.”
The Black and Gold will round out their regular season on Saturday, October 29 with a trip to St. Bonaventure.Their showdown with the Bonnies starts at 4 p.m., and it will be streamed live on ESPN+.
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