Final Score: VCU 2, #23 Vermont 1
Location: Sportsbackers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 1-4-0, Vermont 5-1-0
The Short Story: The VCU Rams took advantage of scoring opportunities and held strong on defense through 90 minutes on Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the University of Vermont Catamounts by a final score of 2-1 at Sportsbackers Stadium. The victory is the first of the season for VCU, and their first over a ranked opponent in 2016.
- Fortia Munts collected his first collegiate points in the match, collecting a pair of assists.
- Both Eli Lockaby and Jorge Herranz would score their first goals of the season, with Lockaby taking a team-leading three shots in the contest.
- Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan would record his first victory in net this season, playing all 90 minutes of the contest.
- Despite the outcome, Vermont outshot the Rams 14-10, and had more corner opportunities, 8-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The match would be played in the middle of the field for the majority of the first half. The Rams would get two great chances on net, with Rafael Andrade Santos and Francesco Amorosino would each get looks that required a save.
- Just as it looked things were going to be scoreless going into the half, the Rams would break the ice in the 44th monute. Eli Lockaby would send a ball toward the net off a one-timer into the 18. The shot would deflect off of a Vermont defender and in the net, putting VCU up 1-0. Fortia Munts would assist on the play.
- Vermont pushed for an equalizer early in the second half, with a corner kick opportunity and a shot that would be turned away by Pierre Gardan, keeping things at 1-0.
- In the 63rd minute, the Rams would strike again, as Jorge Herranz would dunk home and finish a great run and through pass from Munts. The score would be Herranz's first goal of the season and give VCU a 2-0 lead.
- UVM would attempt three corner kicks in a 10-minute span 64th and 74th minutes, coming up empty on all tries.
- The Catamounts would cut the lead to one in the 77th minute, as Stefan Lamanna would pick up a loose ball inside the 18, and dance around the keeper Gardan and slide in a goal for his first of the season. That put the score to 2-1 with 12 minutes to play.
- Gardan stood tall for the remaining time, and the VCU defense withstood multiple tries from the Vermont offense to hold on for the victory.
VCU will return to action this Wednesday, September 14 when they travel to Charlottesville to take on the University of Virginia. The matchup between the Cavaliers and Rams is set to kickoff at 7 p.m.