Final Score: Duquesne 1, VCU 0
Location: Rooney Athletic Field (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Records: VCU 4-6-3 (2-1-1), Duquesne 7-3-3 (2-1-1)
The Short Story: It would take a penalty kick in overtime to decide a victor on Saturday afternoon between the VCU Rams and Duquesne Dukes. As the match hit a scoreless tie after 90 minutes, the match would go to extra time. With a penalty called in the box just three minutes into the overtime, Diego Vieira would grab a goal on the PK and give Duquesne the 1-0 win over the Rams.
- The loss ended the Rams seven-game streak of being held scoreless in a loss. The last time they were held to a clean sheet when dealt a loss was September 14 at Virginia.
- Jorge Herranz led the offense with six shots, three of which went on net. Rafael Santos was a close second with four shots, with two on net.
- Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan made three saves on four shots in the contest in just over 92 minutes of work.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams got in on the action early with shots by Steven Dal Molin and Herranz, with both requiring a save from Duquesne goalkeeper Evan Kozlowski.
- Looking to make a push before halftime, the Rams found a few chances with a corner kick and header that just went wide of the net in the 44th minute.
- VCU would come close to grabbing their first goal when Herranz rung a ball off the post in the 57th minute. However, that would keep the score tied 0-0 going forward.
- Limited were shots down the stretch, with only six coming in the final 30 minutes of play. With no score, the match went to overtime.
- Just three minutes into the extra frame, Juan Fajardo Ortiz got tangled up with Zach Hall inside the Rams own 18-yard box. Both went to the ground, with the referee whistling for a penalty on the Rams and a penalty kick awarded to Duquesne.
- The Dukes would grab victory, as Diego Vieira would hit the penalty kick home to give Duquesne the 1-0 win.
VCU returns to the pitch this Wednesday, October 19 when they come back home to Sports Backers Stadium. They will face Saint Joseph's, with kickoff coming at 7 p.m.
COACH ON THE GAME
"Hats off to Duquesne and their coaching staff on a hard fought victory. I thought we did a pretty good job of what we needed to do for 80 minutes here to get the result. Unfortunately as we got a little fatigued we didn't take care of some of the dirty little details that we needed to continue to make sure they never came close to our goal. I was pleased that with all of the things that they can manufacture and create with pressure and direct play, we really went most of the game with them getting no looks at goal.
Unfortunately you don't play most of the game, you play the whole game. We didn't control enough of the things that we could to make sure whistle-to-whistle that we had to win. We did enough that we should have won. That's where outside factors like the opponents, the facility or the referees can play a large factor and today we allowed them to.
Instead, we need to control all of the things that we need to so that there is no mistake and we have to win, not just enough so that we should." – Coach Giffard