RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Men's Soccer team kicked off its 2012 spring schedule with a pair of matches on Saturday, squaring off against Longwood University and the Richmond Kickers of the USL Pro League.
The Rams won both matches, taking down Longwood 1-0 in a morning match at Sports Backers, before making the short trek to Ukrop Park for the 2-1 takedown of the Kickers in the evening. The Black & Gold used two different sets of lineups for the two matches (see below for both lineups).
"Today was a good first day of games," said VCU head coach Dave Giffard, who is heading into his third season at VCU. "Both teams (that we used) had a lot of positives and some areas that we need to improve. We'll get back to work and start getting ready for Friday's game with Maryland."
In the morning game against Longwood, midfielder Devon Fisher scored the game's only goal off an assist from forward Daniel Haehre. Goalkeeper Clark Hankins started the game in-between the pipes for the Black & Gold, before being spelled by Garrett Cyprus at the half.
In the evening match versus the Richmond Kickers, forward Jason Johnson delivered a pair of goals to earn the Rams the victory. Johnson's first goal was assisted by midfielder Mario Herrera Meraz, with the second goal coming off an assist from forward Yoram Mwila. Goalkeeper Andrew Wells started in goal for the Rams, playing 70 minutes before being replaced by Hankins for the last 20 minutes.
The Rams will next be in action on Friday, March 9th, at 7:30 p.m. at Sports Backers against University of Maryland.
GK Clark Hankins
M Devon Fisher
F Daniel HaehreF Kharlton Belmar
|VCU Lineup vs. Kickers|
GK Andrew Wells
D Dennis Castillo
D Juan Arbaelez
M Mario Herrera Meraz
F Jason Johnson
F Yoram Mwila