MEN'S SOCCER FALLS TO RADFORD, 4-2

Final Score: Radford 4, VCU 2
Location: Sportsbackers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 0-4-0, Radford 4-0-0

The Short Story: After a goal two minutes into the match by Francesco Amorosino, the VCU Rams four unanswered goals slide into their net as the Radford Highlanders defeated the Black and Gold by a final score of 4-2. Amorosino would add another in the 83rd minute, with both goals his firsts of the season. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Rafael Andrade Santos scored his first goal of the season in his first appearance for the Black and Gold this season.
  • The Rebels outshot the Rams for the game 14-11, gaining their advantage in the second half with seven shots.
  • Both teams scampered away with four corner kicks apiece, while UNLV led the way in fouls with 17 compared to VCU's eight.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU opened the scoring early in the second minute, as Amorosino came in ona run from the top of the 18-yard box. A pass from the end line by Eli Lockaby into the middle of the 18 met Amorosino, who was able to punch it by Radford goalkeeper Aiton Pouseu Blanco for a 1-0 lead. 
  • Radford responded right back a minute later, as they found the back of the net in the third minute. Fraser Colmer headed in a corner kick from Jakob Strandsater to even things at 1-1 early.
  • It would be another 20 minutes before Radford would strike again, this time from Neil Martorana in the 23rd minute. His goal would give Radford a 2-1 lead, as Sivert Daehlie assisted it.
  • The Highlanders wasted no time getting goal number three on the board, as they notched yet another in the 24th minute. Evan Szklennik put home his first goal of the season for Radford, as he followed in a shot that rebounded off of goalie Pierre Gardan. Szklennik got a foot on it and tapped it in to put Radford up 3-1.
  • As things headed into half 3-1, Radford made sure to expand that lead once the second half got underway. Martorana struck again for his second goal of the night, putting the Highlanders in the driver's seat with a 4-1 score. The goal would be assisted by Garland Smith.
  • Things would stay status quo until the 83rd minute, as Amorosino would snag his second goal of night. That would push the score to 4-2 Rams, and would go final from there. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

VCU will return to action this Sunday, September 11 when they come back to Sportsbackers Stadium to take on the Vermont Catamounts. The game time is set for 3 p.m.

COACH ON THE MATCH

"Right now we just aren't doing the little things that you have to do to win. We aren't fighting and battling for the right to play. To give up 11 goals in 4 games is totally unacceptable. I take full responsibility for our performance so far and I can promise our fans and our alums that it will change. One way or another, I guarantee it."