CONWAY, S.C. – For the second time in its first three games, the Virginia Commonwealth University men's soccer team has had to wait more than 100 minutes to learn its fate. However, a pair of overtime periods on Friday wasn't enough to declare a winner as the Rams battled Wofford College to a scoreless draw in the opening game of the Coastal Carolina/Adidas Invitational.
With the tie, VCU runs its record to 1-1-1 on the season, while defending Southern Conference champ Wofford is now 0-2-1.
"I was very disappointed in our performance today," said VCU
Head Coach Dave Giffard. "We didn't concede
a goal, so that will be our positive, but it is hard to take too
many others. I will be very disappointed if our performance
isn't significantly better on Sunday against Howard."
The Rams, who held an 8-1 advantage in shots during the opening period, fired five straight to start the match, including two from senior C.J. Gehin-Scott, before Wilson Hood hit the post for Wofford in the 25th minute.
The Black & Gold pressured early in the contest and forced Wofford goalkeeper Andrew Drenan to make a stop on a strike from Gehin-Scott just five minutes into the match and another at the 39:59 mark following a shot by freshman Jason Johnson.
Rams goalkeeper Gabriel Rodriguez (pictured, right) registered a pair of saves in the first seven minutes of the second half as Wofford came out on the attack. Rodriguez made another stop in the 69th minute to keep the Terriers off the board.
Drenan then turned away a shot by VCU senior Lucas Paulini with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation but it was as close as either team would get before the extra frames.
Both squads battled for possession in the first overtime as Wofford managed just one shot. In the final frame, VCU registered three corner kicks but neither team could find the net.
VCU held a slim 10-8 margin in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corners. Wofford was called for 16 fouls while the Rams were charged with 10.
The Black & Gold face Howard University on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Noon in the final match of the Coastal Carolina Invitational.