Score: VCU 1, Dayton 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 2-4-5 (2-0-2), Dayton 4-6-2 (2-1-1)
THE SHORT STORY: VCU Men’s Soccer stayed undefeated in Atlantic 10 play after drawing Dayton 1-1 in a Wednesday evening conference matchup at Sports Backers Stadium.
“That was a tough one tonight,” said Head Coach Dave Giffard. “It wasn’t our best night in possession and some of that goes on us and some credit goes to Dayton for speeding up the game and forcing us to play at a higher pace than we were comfortable with tonight for whatever reason.
“That being said, we were very tough defensively and battled, drawing what we felt were a handful of penalties besides that one that was called. Obviously, we have the benefit of replay that you don’t have during the game, but it’s still a tough pill to swallow.
“The good news is a draw keeps us alive both to win the league and, in the NCAA, at large picture. We’ll probably end the night in the 40’s in the RPI with a big one on Saturday against a very strong Davidson team who’s having an excellent year.”
- Papa Toure scored his first goal of the season on a penalty kick
- VCU was surgical with their shot attempts attempting 10 shots, four of those on goal.
- Dayton was only able to record one shot on goal, which VCU keeper John Ermini saved
- Damian Gallegos (four) and Andrey Salmeron (three) led the way in shots for the Rams.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the first half put up 11 shots but none found the net as VCU’s defense didn’t allow an open shot
- Into the second half VCU began finding the holes in the defense and recorded eight shots
- Salmeron Andrey got the party started taking the first shot in the 66th minute
- Scott McLeod fired one shortly after in the 67th that went just wide of the goal
- In the 78th minute Toure was fouled in the box, taking the hard contact and drawing a yellow card from Dayton along with the penalty
- Toure then took to the spot and calmly slotted the opening goal of the game in the bottom left corner
- A VCU own goal in the 80th minute would tie the game up for Dayton.
- After holding the line for the final 10 minutes the Rams kept their unbeaten streak in the A-10 alive with the 1-1 draw.
UP NEXT: The Rams remain at home for their next conference matchup against Davidson on Oct. 7, before welcoming Campbell to Sports Backers on Oct. 10.
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