Final Score: VCU 2, Saint Joseph's 0
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 5-6-3 (3-1-1), Saint Joseph's 6-8-1 (3-3-0)
The Short Story: After not allowing the first shot on goal until the 78th minute and only seven total, the VCU Rams defense stood strong Wednesday night. Thanks to the solid play in the back, and both Jorge Herranz and Luc Fatton each collecting a goal in the contest, the Black and Gold scored a clutch victory in their defeat of the Saint Joseph's Hawks by a score of 2-0.
- The combo of Fatton and Herranz have now scored in VCU's last four games at Sports Backers Stadium, dating back to the team's 5-1 against Old Dominion on September 20. Herranz himself takes that stat a step further, scoring in VCU's last five home matches.
- The Rams outshot the Hawks 12-7 on the night, bringing eight total shots in the second half.
- Saint Joseph's recorded double the amount of fouls than VCU (16-to-8) in the contest.
- The defensive effort also rings true in the offensive side for Saint Joseph's, as VCU held them without a corner kick opportunity. However, the Rams only managed one on the game as well.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Majority of the first half was played at the midfield and in the VCU offensive end, with some chances on net but to no avail.
- The first VCU shot would come at the 28th minute from Rafael Andrade Santos. However, it would be what Herranz would do in the 31st minute that would sway the game in favor of the Rams for good.
- Herranz would connect with a Steven Dal Molin cross out front of the net, heading the ball past Hawks goalkeeper Greg O'Connell to give the Rams a 1-0 lead that they would bring into halftime.
- With the start of the second half came a quick start for the Black and Gold. Santos began the rush of offensive with a shot that sailed high in the 50th minute.
- As the 52nd minute rolled in, Dakota Barnathan sent a long through pass on the ground toward the 18-yard box. The pass found a home onto the foot of Luc Fatton.
- Fatton would take a left footed shot from 15 yards out and bury the shot in the lower right corner of the net, putting VCU up 2-0.
- VCU hunted for a third goal for a solid chuck of time between the 60th and 70th minutes of the game, with six solid opportunities to put one away. However, the Rams could not put another one in, but would take the win 2-0.
VCU returns to the pitch this Saturday, October 22 when they make their way up to New England where they will take on the Minutemen of UMass. Game time in Amherst is set for 1 p.m.