RAMS BATTLE BACK FOR 4-3 OVERTIME VICTORY AT SAINT JOE'S

Final Score: VCU 4, Saint Joseph's 3 (F/OT)

Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (Sean Sweeney Field)

Records: VCU: 3-4-1, 2-0 A-10 | SJU: 4-5, 0-2 A-10

THE SHORT STORY

Another wild Atlantic 10 contest required extra time after six goals were scored in regulation and the Rams came out victorious with the golden goal off the foot of Martin Ngoh in the 96th minute.

QUICK FACTS

  • This was VCU's third overtime match in eight games this season
  • VCU put an impressive five shots on goal in the first half alone and finished with 10 shots on goal overall
  • The game got more and more physical as it went on, resulting in a total of six yellow cards being issues in the second half/overtime
  • Four goals is the most the Rams have scored in a single game since defeating No. 20 Old Dominion, 4-0, on Sept. 19, 2018
  • Junior goalkeeper Mario Sequeira faced 19 shots and made three saves in the winning effort

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Redshirt junior forward Biska Biyombo wasted no time getting the ball rolling, firing a low strike and forcing a save in the bottom, right corner mere seconds after kickoff
  • Saint Joseph's opened the scoring however, firing a shot into the back of the net in the 19th minute on a loose ball in the box
  • In the 57th minute, VCU drew a hard foul that resulted in a SJU yellow card right in front of the bench area. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Fiorre Mane fired a low free kick that flew through the entire defense and into the net
  • The Hawks retook in the lead in the 67th minute, capitalizing on a great through ball that got in behind the defense
  • It didn't take long for the Rams to respond though. A Biyombo cross into the six-yard box was deflected by a defender and past the keeper to tie things at two
  • Saint Joseph's looked like it had scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute, pouncing on a cross towards the back post to make it 3-2…
  • …but a penalty was awarded to the Rams in the 87th minute and senior defender Ryo Shimazaki scored with a shot off the crossbar and in
  • Sophomore forward Martin Ngoh played the hero in the end, turning a SJU giveaway into a one-on-one with the keeper and he calmly finished with a right-footed shot to win the game

HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

"Another series of challenges were presented to us today and we were able to rally to find the result. It was an excellent show of character and belief from us. Taking into account how beat up and tired we are, this was one of the best results we have had at VCU."

WHAT'S NEXT

The Rams conclude their six-game road trip with a match against the Akron Zips on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

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