MEN'S SOCCER FALLS SHORT IN 3-0 LOSS AT #17 VIRGINIA

Final Score: #17 Virginia 3, VCU 0
Location: Klockner Stadium (Charlottesville, Va.)
Records: VCU 1-5-0, Virginia 3-1-1 

The Short Story: The VCU Rams had a tough go of it on Wednesday night on the road, as the mid-week game would surrender a shutout against the Black and Gold. A 3-0 loss at the hands of the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville would sink the Rams for the fifth time this season. 

QUICK FACTS 

  • The Rams were held without a shot or shot on goal in the first half. They would end with four total, with one being on net from Dakota Barnathan in the 70th minute
  • Only one corner kick opportunity found its way to VCU on the night, as they were caught offsides five times.
  • Goalie Pierre Gardan made two saves in the loss. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Virginia would jump right out to a lead early in the 11th minute, as Edward Opoku scored his third goal of the season. The right-footed shot that snuck in near post from 10 yards out would give UVA a 1-0 lead. 
  • The Cavaliers would add another goal in the first half, as the 33rd minute would bring a highlight goal from Pablo Aguilar. A shot from 15 yards out would snipe the upper 90 for his second goal of the season, and put UVA up 2-0.
  • Virginia would hold control even through into the second half, as they were able to get multiple shots on net through the first 13 minutes of the second half.
  • Dakota Barnathan got the first solid opportunity for the Rams in the 70th minute, as a header toward the left post was saved by Virginia goalie Jeff Caldwell, as he had to dive to make the play.
  • UVA found a third goal in the 75th minute by Wesley Wade, who finished a through pass from the top of the box for his first goal of the season. The score would put Virginia up 3-0, which would stay though the final horn.
  • VCU thought they might have a goal in the 83rd minute, as Steven Dal Molin took a left footed shot that hit the right post and went out of bounds. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this Tuesday, September 20, as they will return home to Sportsbackers Stadium. The Rams will face the Monarchs of Old Dominion, starting at 7 p.m.