Final Score: Akron 4, VCU 3
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers)
Records: VCU (4-4-0), Akron (4-3-1)
The Short Story: VCU falls to Akron in a sudden victory overtime period.
- Akron held a 15-9 edge in shots.
- Sophomore keeper Mario Sequeira recorded two saves while Akron's keeper tallied one.
- Akron registered four yellow cards and 15 fouls compared to VCU's one yellow card and nine fouls.
- Sophomore Jared Greene led the Rams with two shots with both of them being on goal, scoring on one of them.
- Greene, Travis Cooke, and Peter Pearson recorded one goal apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a strong defensive battle in the first several minutes, VCU posed a threat in the 20th minute as junior forward Siad Haji sent in a pass to Greene but Greene lost his footing in the box.
- Greene scored the first goal in the 27th minute of the match when he received a Simon Fitch pass from half-field to the top right of the 18 yard-box, finding the back of the net as Akron's keeper rushed at him.
- Akron's Colin Biros sent in a corner kick and found Marco Milanese's head which got by Sequeira to tie the game up at 1-1 in the 40th minute.
- A minute later, Cooke maneuvered his way down the field, found himself at the top of the 18 yard-box and struck a rocket right by Akron's keeper to take the lead back for the Rams.
- After the conclusion of the first half, the match was suspended due to lightning for an hour and a half.
- Akron made a quick turnaround in the 70th minute as they scored two goals within 15 seconds of each other to take a 3-2 lead.
- Pearson tied the game up in the 89th minute to force a sudden victory overtime period after Siad Haji's cross on a free kick got deflected backwards where Pearson took a strike at goal. His shot was deflected but eventually found the back of the net.
- Akron scored in the sudden victory overtime period to win the game after a pass across the front of the goal was found by a member of Akron's head, which went right by keeper Sequeira.
HEAD COACH DAVID GIFFARD
"It was a tough one tonight. Our focus has been continuing to grow and develop day-to-day and week-to-week. If you look at the performance in those terms, you have to be pleased with the growth we have made and the progress with the group. Obviously, the emotion of the game makes those lessons tough to process at this moment, but it has to be our focus as we enter A-10 play."
VCU will travel to La Salle for its first conference match on Saturday, Sept. 29.