VCU’s Manel Named Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Player of the Week

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior forward Jose Manel was named Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday after his game-winning goal against No. 22 Saint Louis over the weekend.

On Sunday against Billikens, Manel fired a game-high four shots, including his first career game-winning score in the 85th minute when he took a through ball from sophomore Devon Fisher, made a cut to his right, and bent the ball past the goalkeeper into the upper right corner.  On the season, Manel has tallied two goals and two assists, and is tied for the team lead in points (6) with junior Kharlton Belmar.

With its victory over Saint Louis, VCU improved to 3-1-1 against Top 25 teams this season, and is an impressive 6-2-1 against ranked opponents during the last two years.

The Rams continue their four-game home stand on Friday, Oct. 11 when they open A-10 play against UMass at Sports Backers Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.  VCU then hosts Rhode Island on Oct. 13 at Noon.