Final Score: VCU 1, Dayton 0
Location: Alumni Soccer Stadium (Davidson, N.C.)
Records: VCU 8-9-3 (4-3-1), Dayton 8-9-3 (3-3-2)
The Short Story: A goal by Dakota Barnathan in the 28th minute sealed the fate for the VCU Rams Men's Soccer team on Friday evening, as the score would help send the VCU Rams to their second consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Final with a 1-0 win over the Dayton Flyers.
- The win sends VCU to their second straight A-10 title match. Previous to the win, the Black and Gold had last their last two meetings with the Flyers, including last year's championship.
- VCU led in the shot department 9-5 on the game, getting eight of those shots in the first half.
- The victory would also be the fifth clean sheet of the season for goalkeeper Pierre Gardan, who earned his eighth win of the season making two saves.
- The goal was Barnathan's second goal of the season, with Fatton grabbing his 16th point of the season on the assist.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams got things going early, as Luc Fatton would get a good look at the goal in the third minute, but his shot would be saved.
- Fatton and Jorge Herranz would trade shots, with two apiece over a three-minute span between the 18th and 21st minute of the first half.
- In the 28th minute, Fatton would rip a shot that would be saved by the Dayton goalkeeper. However, following the play was Barnathan, who had a wide open net on the rebound, and put the ball in the back of the net to give VCU the 1-0 lead.
- The score would hold up to the 45-minute halfway mark, as VCU held Dayton to just one shot in the first half.
- Gardan would make a key save in the 59th minute, as a shot from Rafael Gamboa would threaten to tie things up.
- The Black and Gold would turn to a more possession, defensive-based game as the 60th minute rolled around, as the Rams would get only one shot from Brandon Eaton in the 67th minute, and go silent the rest of play.
- Despite a late Dayton push in their offensive zone, the Rams' defense held strong and used a clutch sprawling save from Gardan in the 89th minute to take the 1-0 victory.
VCU returns to the pitch this Sunday, November 13, as they will face the winner of Rhode Island/Fordham matchup later tonight (7:30 pm start) in the Atlantic 10 Championship game. Kickoff for Sunday's A-10 finale is set for Noon, 12 pm.