Final Score: VCU 2, UMass 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers)
Records: VCU (6-4-0) A-10 (2-0-0), UMass (4-5-2) A-10 (0-2-0)
The Short Story: Siad Haji's two second half goals pushed VCU past conference opponent UMass to keep a perfect record in A-10 play at 2-0.
- Junior midfielder Siad Haji tallied two goals on five shots.
- Senior midfielder Peter Pearson and sophomore forward Jared Greene registered an assist each.
- Sophomore keeper Mario Sequeira tallied four saves and recorded the 6th clean sheet of the season.
- VCU held a 5-4 edge in shots on goal.
- Both teams registered 13 fouls each with VCU recording two yellow cards compared to UMass' one yellow card.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Haji scored the first goal of the match when he received a Greene pass from around midfield who then proceeded to dribble all the way down the field to about 25 yards out before rocketing a ball into the back of the net in the 63rd minute.
- In the 64th minute, Yosuke Hanya was awarded a penalty kick but couldn't convert as Sequeira made a diving save to keep the clean sheet.
- The second goal of the match came in the 69th minute when Pearson played a ball to Haji, who then took it all the way down the pitch and shot a laser right by UMass keeper Marvyn Dorchin.
- UMass recorded the first five shots of the match before Haji's shot in the 18th minute was blocked by a Minutemen defender. Munts followed that up with a shot that nearly broke the 0-0 tie but was slightly too far right and hit the post.
- Junior defender Ryo Shimazaki forced the first save of the night when he tried to tap in a ball past Dorchin before it was saved and pushed out of bounds.
HEAD COACH DAVID GIFFARD
"We didn't come out with as much energy as we needed to from the beginning of the game but we weathered the first 20 minutes or so and started to fight our way into the game. In the end, we have some gifted players who made some special plays and we did enough to grind out a tough three points. Now it's about recovery and learning what we can from tonight before Saturday."
The Rams will return home to celebrate their 40th season anniversary when they face off against conference opponent Duquesne on Saturday, Oct. 6. The 40th Anniversary Team and inaugural team will be honored at halftime.