ROCK HILL, S.C. – The VCU Men's Soccer team continued its spring schedule on Saturday, traveling to South Carolina for a trio of games.
The Rams fell to Queens College 2-1 in the day's first game, before suffering a 4-3 setback to Davidson in the second match. VCU earned a 1-1 draw with Furman to close out play at the event.
"I thought we took a big step backwards today after several positive steps throughout the spring," said VCU head coach Dave Giffard. "We scheduled today's tournament to challenge ourselves against good competition. Obviously we weren't pleased with the results. You can make excuses and talk about the travel, the lack of sleep or the fact that we played three games and the other teams just played two, but those are just excuses. At the end of it, we have to be more mature and professional in our approach each and every time we pull on the uniform. I was very disappointed that we didn't get three wins today, although based on our performance, I don't think we deserved them. We'll learn from today and get back work this week as we prepare for our last games of the spring against Virginia and Liberty on April 14th."
In the match against Queens, VCU forward Daniel Haehre netted a first-half goal off an assist from midfielder Joseph Haboush, that handed the Rams a 1-0 lead at the halftime break. The Royals would push a pair of goals across the VCU goal line in the second half, to get the 2-1 result.
The second game saw a flurry of offensive activity, as seven goals were scored in all, including six in the first 45 minutes of play. Midfielder Romena Bowie put the Rams up 1-0 on a blast from 30 yards out. The Wildcats added the game's next two goals, before forward Jason Johnson knotted the score at 2-2 off an assist from midfielder Jose Carlos Castillo. After Davidson added a third goal, Johnson struck again, with the helper coming from midfielder Mario Herrera Meraz. Despite holding possession in the second half of play, the Rams were unable to come away with the deciding goal. Davidson was able to the scratch together the game-winning goal, coming off its only shot of the second half.
Johnson provided his third and final goal of the day, in the 1-1 draw against Furman.
The Rams will next be in action on April 14th against Virginia and Liberty. VCU will square off with the Cavaliers at 11 a.m., then battle the Flames at 3 p.m. Both matches are scheduled to be played at Sports Backers.