March 24, 2011

VCU SUFFERS 4-1 SETBACK AGAINST RICHMOND KICKERS

RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to hand Virginia Commonwealth University its first loss of the spring in a 4-1 setback Thursday night at Sports Backers Stadium.

After Richmond went on top 1-0 in the 15th minute, VCU held the Kickers scoreless the rest of the half and sophomore Joseph Haboush scored the equalizer 18 minutes into the second stanza.  Freshmen Jason Johnson and Juan Monge Solano assisted on the play as Haboush found the left corner from 15 yards out.  The Rams then surrendered the game-winner off the foot of former Ram Matthew Delicâte (2000-03) in the 75th minute.  VCU also allowed goals in the 77th and 87th minutes.

"We did some good things tonight," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard.  "After a slow start, I thought we grabbed a hold of the second part of the first half and then the first 30 minutes or so of the second half.  During that time we were able to get the goal back and we felt as though the second one might come but we made a few mistakes in the back and were punished by a seasoned and very dangerous Kickers team. 

"We have to learn from the mistakes we made and most importantly, learn to play with confidence regardless of the opponent or the situation within the game."

VCU continues its spring schedule Saturday, March 26 with a 7 p.m. match at Campbell.  The Rams return to Sports Backers Stadium on April 2 when they host Virginia Tech at 6 p.m.

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