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Coastal Cool Down: VCU Falls to Coastal Carolina

VCU player, Luc Fatton, looking to play the ball Courtesy: Darnell Myrick
VCU player, Luc Fatton, looking to play the ball
Courtesy: Darnell Myrick

Richmond, Va., – The VCU Rams Men’s Soccer Team suffered their second consecutive loss today as they lost 2-0 against the #21 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Chanticleer forward, Tobenna Uzo, scored both goals for Coastal Carolina at the 30th minute and the 56th minute respectively.

The Rams were not able to get it going early as they only amassed two shots in the first half. The Rams put forth a more aggressive effort in the second half, but they were not able to score on their four shots.

Friday is the start of a road trip for the Rams as they head to California for two games. They will play the #16 California Golden Bears on Friday and the #8 UCLA Bruins next Sunday before returning to Richmond on Friday September 11 to face Hartford.

The Rams are now 0-2 this season and Coastal Carolina improves to 2-0.

VCU Goals

No Goals

Coastal Carolina Goals

Tobenna Uzo (1) 29:19 (Assisted by Arnar Geirsson)

Tobenna Uzo (2) 55:45 (Assisted by Elis Bjornsson)

VCU Saves

Garrett Cyprus (0-2-0): 3 Saves, 2 Goals Allowed

Coastal Carolina Saves

Fernando Pina (2-0-0): 4 Saves, 0 Goals Allowed

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Power Outage: JMU Shut Down VCU

Richmond, Va., – The VCU Rams Women’s Soccer Team were shut out for the third consecutive game as they lost to the James Madison Dukes 2-0 in an in-state showdown. The Dukes proved to be the more aggressive team as they outshot the Rams 16-10.

VCU had two opportunities to score in the first half as senior midfielder, Sharon Wojcik, had her shot blocked by JMU goalkeeper, Ellen Forrest, in the 29th minute. Sophomore defenseman, Megan Dell, had a header that went just high at the 30th minute. VCU senior goalkeeper, Emma Kruse, came up big in the first half with a couple of saves to prevent JMU from scoring.

The Dukes wasted no time scoring in the second half as JMU Forward, Ashley Herndon, scored just 43 seconds into the second half off a pass from Allie Bunner. VCU forward, Kelly Graves, scored at the 56th minute, but an offside was called against VCU which took the goal away from the freshman. Six minutes later, Graves had another opportunity to score, but Forrest was able to make a diving save. The Dukes put the icing on the cake as Brittany Borum scored an unassisted goal at the 75th minute.

With the loss, VCU falls to 1-3 this season and while James Madison improves to 2-2 Coastal Carolina. The Rams will take the field once next Sunday when they play the #9 Virginia Tech Hokies.

VCU Goals

No Goals

James Madison Goals

Ashley Herndon (1), 45:43, (Assisted by Allie Bunner)

Brittany Borum (1), 74:37, Unassisted

VCU Saves

Emma Kruse (1-3-0): 6 Saves, 2 Goals Allowed

James Madison Saves

Ellen Forrest (2-2-0): 5 Saves, 0 Goals Allowed

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108 and Heartbreak: Macchione’s Header lifts Akron past VCU

VCU's Dakota Barnathan battling Akron's Andrew Souders Courtesy: Malik Bowden
VCU’s Dakota Barnathan battling Akron’s Andrew Souders
Courtesy: Malik Bowden

Richmond, Va., – The VCU Rams was under three minutes away from a draw with #25 Akron Zips in the season debut at home. Unfortunately for the Black and Gold, Anthony Macchione was able to convert on a header at the 108th minute to the Zips the win over the Rams 3-2.

The first half saw the Rams on the defensive for much of the period in what was a slow-paced half. Both teams only took two shots. The second half saw a much more fast paced game where both teams scored two goals. Akron forward, Sam Gainford, scored both goals for the Zips including an impressive bicycle kick at the 78th minute. VCU was able to come back with goals of the their own by Jason McGlothern and Dennis Castillo scored at the 88th minute to send the game into extra time. Both teams had their fair share of opportunities in extra time, but neither team was able to score until Macchione’s goal in the 108th minute.

VCU is now 0-1 this season and Akron is now 1-0 this season. VCU returns to action this Sunday when they host the #21 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 5:00 at Sportsbackers Stadium.

VCU Goals

Jason McGlothern (1) 63:01 (Assist from Cody Sweatte and Dakota Barnathan)

Dennis Castillo (1) 87:41 (Unassisted)

Akron Goals

Sam Gainford (1) 54:48 (Unassisted)

Sam Gainford (2) 77:12 (Assist from Sean Sepe)

Anthony Macchione (1) 107:09 (Assist from Adam Najem)

VCU Saves

Garrett Cyprus (0-1-0): 3 Saves, 3 Goals Allowed

Akron Saves

Jake Fenlason (1-0-0): 4 Saves, 2 Goals Allowed

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Golden Heartbreaker: VCU Falls to College of Charleston in Extra Time

Sharon Wojcik with the ball
VCU player, Sharon Wojcik, with the ball
Courtesy: Darnell Myrick

Richmond, Va., – It took 90 minutes of regulation and then, one minute and four seconds of extra time for the first and only goal of the match to be scored. Unfortunately for VCU, they were not able to get second opportunity get back at the College of Charleston for scoring. Golden goal rules were in effect in extra time as the College of Charleston Cougars defeated the VCU Rams 1-0. College of Charleston Forward, Jessica Schifer, scored an unassisted goal the lifter the Cougars to victory in their first road game of the season.

Both teams fought hard and had multiple opportunities to score as they combined for 36 shots, but they were not able to score. VCU Forward, Nicole Malancone, had an opportunity to score at the 69th minute, but the shot was just wide. Schifer had a similar opportunity at the 89th minute, but her shot was just wide left. Schifer came back in the 92nd minute and scored the winning goal as she put the ball in the bottom, left corner.

VCU is now 1-2 this season and the Cougars improve to 2-1 this season. VCU Women’s Soccer plays this Sunday at 7:30 pm when they play the James Madison Dukes at Sportsbackers Stadium.

VCU Goals


College of Charleston Goals

Jessica Schifer (1) 91:04 (Unassisted)

VCU Saves

Emma Kruse 10 (1 Goal Allowed)

College of Charleston Saves

Lauren Killian 11

VCU Shut Out Against Marshall

Richmond, Va., – Following their four-goal performance Friday night, the VCU women’s soccer team was not able to post a goal in today’s game against the Marshall Thundering Herd as the Herd defeated the Rams 1-0. The win for Marshall was their first victory of the year and the loss for VCU was their first this season.

Both teams had multiple opportunities to score throughout the game as both teams took a combined 30 shots, VCU with 15 and Marshall with 15. Marshall was able to get a multiple opportunities to score from corner kicks as they had eight in the game, six of them in the first half. One of those corners at the 19th minute led to a goal as forward, Ashley Meltzer, was able to convert with a header assisted from Erin Simmons, which ultimately gave the Thundering Herd the victory.

VCU Freshman forward, Julia Suarez, had showed flashes of potential in the game taking seven shots, three on goal, but was unable to get the ball past Marshall goalie, Lizzie Kish.

VCU falls to 1-1 this season and Marshall improved to 1-1 this season. VCU’s women’s soccer team returns to action this Friday when they play the College of Charleston Cougars this Friday at 5:00.

VCU Goals

Marshall Goals
Ashley Seltzer (1) 18:40 (Assist from Erin Simmons)

VCU Saves
Emma Kruse: 7, 1 Goal Allowed

Marshall Saves
Lizzie Kish: 3

VCU Shut Down against NC State

Defense reigned supreme in today’s men’s soccer exhibition between the VCU Rams and North Carolina State Wolfpack as both teams fought for 90 minutes for a goal. NC State midfielder, Zach Knudson, scored the only goal of the match at the 29th minute to give the Wolfpack the lead and the victory 1-0.

The goal by Knudson was unassisted as he was able to capitalize off of a scramble after VCU goalkeeper, Garrett Cyprus, made a save and the ball was loose behind him.

VCU opens the regular season Friday, August 28 when they host #25 Akron Zips at 7:30 pm at Sportsbackers Stadium.

VCU Goals

NC State Goals
Zach Knudson (unassisted)

VCU Saves
Garrett Cyprus: 4
Pierre Gardan: 1

NC State Saves
Alex McCauley: 2
Boo Davis: 1