RAMS ADVANCE TO A-10 SEMIFINALS AFTER PENALTY SHOOTOUT WITH UMASS

Final Score: No. 1 VCU 1, No. 8 Massachusetts 1 (VCU advances on penalties, 5-4)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers)
Records: No. 1 VCU (10-5-2) A-10 (6-1-1), No. 8 UMass (7-8-3) A-10 (3-5-0) 

The Short Story: After finishing overtime tied 1-1, VCU's Mario Sequeira made two diving saves during the penalty shootout as the Rams moved on to the Atlantic 10 Semifinals.

QUICK FACTS

  • Jared Greene scored one goal and had four shot attempts.
  • Sequeira made six saves during regulation and also stopped two penalties during the shootout.
  • Martin Ngoh had a game-high eight shots with two shots on frame.
  • VCU outshot UMass 21-14 overall while the teams tied 7-7 in shots on goal.
  • Siad Haji recorded an assist and had five shot attempts, three of which were on goal.
  • UMass led in corner kicks 5-4.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU took an early lead in the 18th minute as Jared Greene scored on a rebound after Haji's initial shot was saved.
  • UMass had a chance just under a minute later as Clement Benhaddouche's shot hit the crossbar.
  • Ngoh forced a UMass save on his shot attempt in the 37th minute.
  • The Rams took a 1-0 lead into halftime and outshot the Minutemen 10-2 in the first half.
  • Benhaddouche scored the Minutemen's lone goal in the 53rd minute on an assist from Davis Smith.
  • VCU had multiple chances to retake the lead including Ngoh's effort in the 72nd minute that bounced off the crossbar. His second effort drifted just wide of the net.
  • The two teams remained deadlocked through both overtime periods and the Rams won 5-4 in penalties after Sequeira made two saves. 

HEAD COACH DAVID GIFFARD

"I'm very proud of the guys tonight for grinding out the result against a really well coached UMass team that's incredibly difficult to play against. We did what we had to do in order to advance and face Rhode Island on Friday in the A-10 Semifinals. Now it's about recovery and preparation."

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU travels to Saint Louis for the A-10 Tournament Semifinals and will face No. 4 seed Rhode Island on Friday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. EST.

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