MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Brad Seymour (pictured, right) pulled Virginia Commonwealth University within a goal late in the second half but the Rams couldn't overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit and dropped its spring finale against West Virginia, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in Morgantown.
VCU (4-2-1) surrendered a pair of first-half scores and trailed 2-0 at intermission. Seymour's goal pulled the Rams within 2-1 late but West Virginia iced the game on a penalty kick in the final minute.
"Today was a tough test against a veteran West Virginia team that was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament last fall by eventual national champion Akron," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "We did some good things on the attacking end. I was proud of the way we continued to play our game after conceding two goals in a short time period against the run of play in the first half. We stuck to our brand and were rewarded with a goal to get within 2-1. We then made the error to give up the penalty and the game ended 3-1 in the closing minute.
"This could be one of the most important games that I have had here at VCU so far. It is important for us to learn from these things so that we can grow and not find ourselves in the same position again next fall. If we take the lessons from today's game it will have been a very positive day."
The Rams' seven-game spring slate featured matches against three Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, including Maryland, which captured the 2010 ACC title and represented the league as the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. In all, VCU faced four 2010 NCAA Tournament teams in Maryland, Virginia, UMBC and West Virginia. The Rams also battled in-state foe Virginia Tech, Campbell and the Richmond Kickers.
Freshman Jason Johnson, a 2010 All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree, led the Rams with four goals during the spring, while sophomore Yoram Mwila recorded three, classmate Joseph Haboush posted two and Seymour and freshman Nate Shiffman tallied one goal apiece. Rookie Juan Monge Solano collected a team-high three assists.
2011 VCU MEN'S SOCCER SPRING RESULTS (4-2-1)
3/5: VIRGINIA T, 0-0
3/5: UMBC – W, 2-1
3/5: MARYLAND – W, 1-0
3/24: RICHMOND KICKERS – L, 1-4
3/26: at Campbell – W, 4-1
4/3: VIRGINIA TECH – W, 2-0
4/17: at West Virginia – L, 1-3
Home matches in BOLD CAPS