VCU Cruises to 3-0 Shutout Against George Washington
FINAL: VCU 3, George Washington 0 (Richmond, Va. – Sports Backers Stadium)
VCU STARTERS: #21 Wells (GK), #4 Harvey, #5 Haboush, #7 Monge Solano, #10 Bowie, #11 Johnson, #14 Herrera Meraz, #16 Arbelaez, #18 Shiffman, #22 Seymour, #24 Fisher
GEORGE WASHINGTON STARTERS: #0 Almodovar (GK), #3 Holleran, #6 Khan, #7 Sandland, #9 Ranalli, #10 Rudolph, #11 Higgins, #16 Abaie, #18 Sousa, #19 McQuitty, #25 Alexandersson
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After tallying four of the first five shots of the match, VCU (6-1-3, 2-0-0 A-10) got on the board in the 27th minute. Junior Jason Johnson fired a shot, which deflected off George Washington goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar. Freshman Devon Fisher then fired back the rebound into the top left of the net for a 1-0 lead.
- With just over 11 minutes to play in the opening period, Johnson maneuvered through the George Washington defense and into the box, where he ripped a shot from the top of the 18' but sailed wide to the far post.
- The Rams, who were at it again in the 37th minute, took a 2-0 advantage on Johnson's team-leading eighth goal of the season. Senior Brad Seymour sent a pass to sophomore Kharlton Belmar at the top of the box. Belmar directed the ball off his chest to Johnson, who then played a shot off Almodovar and into the net.
- George Washington (4-7-0, 1-1-0) tried to cut the deficit in half in the 66th minute on a free kick by Glen Sousa, but VCU goalkeeper Andrew Wells punched the shot over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, Tyler Ranalli got his head on the ball but sailed just high.
- VCU added an insurance score in the 70th minute. Sophomore Mario Herrera Meraz played a long pass to Belmar on the left wing, who then drove toward the goal and beat Almodovar to make it 3-0.
- Wells made a stop again in the 79th minute off a shot from Jack Lopez to preserve the shutout.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- VCU has outscored its opponents 22-7 through its first 10 matches this season, including a 7-1 advantage in its last two outings.
- The Rams outshot the Colonials 26-8. Johnson led VCU with a game-high eight shots, while 10 different Black and Gold players registered a shot.
- Fisher scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game. Meanwhile, Johnson has scored in three straight contests, including seven goals in his last seven outings.
- Johnson and Belmar each collected a goal and an assist.
- Wells, who posted his third shutout of the season, made four saves for VCU. He has only allowed seven goals in 10 matches this season.
"I was pleased with getting the three points obviously, but left the field not feeling great about our performance toward the end of the game. I was very pleased with our approach to the warm-up and the beginning of the game, but would like to see us sharper through the final whistle. It's nice though to be able to learn those lessons when you win if you can though. Now we look ahead to a tough weekend of travel to St. Louis and Indianapolis against two of the best teams in the A-10."
-VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard
VCU hits the road for four straight beginning Friday, Oct. 12 at Saint Louis. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Rams then travel to Butler on Oct. 14.