RAMS FIND THEMSELVES IN CONTROL OF OWN DESTINY
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RICHMOND, Va. – It’s been quite a fall for anybody supporting the Black & Gold with a ton of highlight reel players, standout performances and memorable moments.
As the fall seasons are coming down the stretch, two VCU squads find themselves in the thick of the CAA Tournament races and in control of their own destinies heading into the final week of conference play.
In his first season at the helm of the Rams, Head Coach Dave Giffard has put together a stifling defense that finds itself in second place by themselves and on its way to James Madison on Wednesday night.
VCU and Delaware are the only teams that have two conference games remaining, while everyone else has just one. It’s almost easier to solve the Rubik’s cube than figure out the CAA men’s soccer standings with just three points separating second and ninth place.
However, for the Rams, it’s pretty simple. Win one of the two remaining games (at JMU on Wednesday, at Delaware on Sunday) and they’re in. If they can’t pick up a victory, VCU can still pick up two ties and lock up a spot in the postseason.
The Black & Gold can go 0-1-1 over the final two games, but figuring out all those scenarios would be like creating world peace.
All preseason long, Head Coach James Finley talked about how much his unbelievably tough schedule was preparing his young squad for the conference season. This is the point of the year that Coach Finley can say “I told you so.”
The Rams find themselves all alone in second place with just three games remaining, all of which will be played in the comforts of the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
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Keep in mind, that was when six teams made the postseason tournaments.
At 8-3 in conference play, VCU hosts Delaware, Towson and William & Mary over the next week and with three wins, a spot in the postseason is guaranteed. Two wins for the Rams and losses by Northeastern and Georgia State also solidifies a spot for the good guys.
Northeastern (7-4 in CAA play) will play Hofstra at home, but have tough road matches at James Madison and George Mason. Georgia State (6-4 in CAA play) hosts JMU and Mason this weekend, but travel to Delaware and Towson next weekend.
VCU could also lose two of the last three games, but all those scenarios won’t be figured out until this weekend is complete.