Final Score: VCU 1, Fordham 0
Location: Jack Coffey Field (Bronx, N.Y.)
Records: VCU 5-3-0 (2-0-0 A-10), Fordham 7-3-2 (1-1-1 A-10)
The Short Story: With last season's Atlantic 10 Championship game in the back of many minds Saturday night on the sideline for the VCU Men's Soccer team, those thoughts would turn to jubilation as the Rams would defeat the Fordham Rams on the road by a final score of 1-0. With a solid all around effort on both sides of the ball, the lone strike would come from Francesco Amorosino, who would tally the game-winning goal in the first half.
- Amorosino's goal would be his third of the season, as he sits third on the team in points with six.
- Freshman goalkeeper Mario Sequeira picked up his fifth win of the season, picking up his third clean sheet in four games.
- Ryo Shimazaki picks up points for the second consecutive game, while Fortia Munts picks up his first point of the season as both earned an assist on Amorosino's goal.
- VCU has now won four games in a row, and all five wins have come in their last six games. The win would also hand Fordham their first conference loss of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Santos and Fatton would grab the first two shots of the game for VCU. The Rams held Fordham without a shot over the first 19 minutes of play.
- The Black & Gold would jump in front in the 33rd minute, as Amorosino scored on a great pass from Shimazaki. He would rip a shot from 15 yards out, finishing top shelf.
- VCU would hold the 1-0 lead as the game went into halftime. The Black & Gold would hold a 4-2 shot advantage after the first 45 minutes of play.
- The second half would bring defense to the forfront for VCU, as it was strong play from the midfield and backline that would hold Fordham to only four shots in the second half as well.
- The play that would stand out would be a big save by Sequeira in the 75th minute. A shot from Fordham's Matt Miller would be destined for insdie the left post. However, Sequeira would dive to his right and knock the ball away and keeping VCU ahead.
- VCU would hold the possession battle down the stretch, keeping Fordham limited on the offensive chances. However, a strong final five minutes by Fordham would be handled by the VCU defense, giving the Rams the win as the 90 minute mark expired.
VCU returns to the pitch this upcoming Wednesday, October 11 when they return to Richmond to take on the Saint Louis Billikins. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.