RAMS FIGHT TO 1-1 DRAW AT #24 COASTAL CAROLINA

Final Score: VCU: 1, CCU: 1
Location: Conway, S.C. (CCU Soccer Complex)
Records: VCU: 2-4-1, CCU: 4-2-1


THE SHORT STORY

After falling behind early, VCU clawed back and scored in the 86th minute to earn a hard-fought draw against #24 Coastal Carolina on the road Wednesday night.

QUICK FACTS

  • Coastal Carolina scored the first goal of the night in the 16th minute for a 1-0 lead.
  • The Rams found the back of the net to level the score 1-1 in the 86th minute with a goal from senior Ryo Shimazaki (Kawasaki, Japan).  
  • Shots were nearly even in this match with VCU taking 13 to Coastal Carolina's 14.
  • Junior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) made six vital stops in the contest.
  • The match lasted 110 minutes after two 10-minute overtime periods.
  • Senior Fortia Munts (Barcelona, Spain) led the VCU offense with four shots on the night. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the 16th minute of action, the Chanticleers got on the board with a header to take the 1-0 advantage.
  • Just after conceding the first goal, the Rams went on the aggressive, as Shimazaki put a shot on goal that was saved by the CCU keeper.
  • Senior Austin Graham (Midlothian, Va.), created a couple good chances for the Rams in the first frame, putting in a couple beautiful crosses.
  • Just before the half, senior Mbongeni Tshuma (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) soared to get a head on a Graham cross, but his header went just wide of frame.  
  • The Rams came out of the halftime break with renewed energy, attacking from the first whistle. Shimazaki soared up the right side on the opening kickoff of the second half and sent in a brilliant cross, but it was cleared out before any Rams could get a foot on it.
  • VCU had another chance when junior Jared Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) showed his foot skills as he dribbled from center field through a host of CCU defenders. He rocketed a right-footed shot, but it went just wide.
  • Munts continued to cause problems for the Chanticleers' defense in the first overtime period. He blasted a shot at the top of the box and the shot was deflected just inches wide.
  • Late in the match, the Rams found the equalizer. Shimazaki scored on a set piece to give VCU new life heading into the waning minutes of regulation.
  • 90 minutes was not enough to decide a winner, so the team's headed to overtime.
  • In the second golden-goal overtime, Sequeira saved the match when he made an impressive stop in the 103rd minute to deny CCU of the game-winner. 

HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

"It was a hard fought point tonight. We had some guys step in during the course of the game as we took more injuries throughout. We fould the equalizer and should have found the winner, but we didn't give much away in the meantime. It was a solid team point and we'll take it as we switch our attention back to Atlantic 10 play on Saturday."

WHAT'S NEXT

The Rams will get back to Atlantic 10 play as it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on St. Joseph's Saturday, September 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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