October 12, 2012

Saint Louis Rallies to Edge No. 21 VCU in Double-OT, 3-2

FINAL: Saint Louis 3, No. 21 VCU 2 (2OT)

VCU STARTERS: #21 Wells (GK), #3 Castillo, #5 Haboush, #7 Monge Solano, #10 Bowie, #11 Johnson, #14 Herrera Meraz, #16 Arbelaez, #18 Shiffman, #22 Seymour, #24 Fisher

SAINT LOUIS STARTERS: #1 Shackelford (GK), #2 Lee, #4 Manning, #5 Robson, #7 Sweetin, #10 Roeckle, #11 Kristo, #12 Bryce, #19 Graydon, #24 Heskamp, #25 David

THE BASICS: Saint Louis erased a 2-1 deficit on a goal with 6.8 seconds left in regulation, and went on to score in the 104th minute to hand No. 21 VCU its second loss of the season.  Both of the Rams' setbacks this year have come in double overtime.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Saint Louis (8-3-0, 2-1-0 A-10) had a pair of early looks as Alex Sweetin hit the post on a shot in the 10th minute.  Less than a minute later, Jon Roeckle's attempt off a corner kick from Sweetin was blocked.
  • VCU (6-2-3, 2-1-0 A-10) took advantage of its first opportunity of the night in the 15th minute. Redshirt freshman Devon Fisher took a pass from senior Joseph Haboush on the left wing, and then fired a shot into the right side of the net to put the Rams ahead 1-0.
  • The Billikens answered in the 26th minute when Kingsley Bryce collected a rebound in front of the net and buried the equalizer.
  • The Rams responded less than a minute later when junior Nate Shiffman sent a through ball to classmate Jason Johnson, who then beat Saint Louis goalkeeper Nick Shackelford to give the Rams a 2-1 advantage.
  • VCU opened the second half firing three shots in a five-minute span, but could not extend the lead.  Shackelford made a snag on a shot from sophomore Jose Manel in the 53rd minute, while Haboush's chance was blocked in the 52nd minute and sophomore Mario Herrera Meraz's ensuing attempt went wide.
  • Herrera Meraz took back-to-back shots in the 75th and 76th minutes. His first sailed over the crossbar, and his second was stopped by Shackelford.
  • After a VCU foul with 15 seconds left in regulation, Saint Louis crowded the box and Raymond Lee was able to punch the ball in the net with 6.8 seconds remaining to knot the game at 2-2 and force overtime.
  • Following a corner kick in the 96th minute, Anthony Manning placed a shot on frame but VCU senior goalkeeper Andrew Wells came up with his seventh save of the game.
  • Robbie Kristo eventually scored the game-winner for Saint Louis in the 104th minute.  After a VCU player went down, David Graydon connected with Kristo on the back post, where he then converted his sixth goal of the year to give the Billikins the 3-2 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Both of VCU's losses this season have come in double overtime.  The Rams fell 1-0 against Virginia in the 103rd minute on Sept. 25 and lost in the 104th minute Friday at Saint Louis.
  • Fisher, who tallied his fifth goal of the season, has scored in each of his last three matches.
  • Johnson scored his ninth tally of the year. He has eight goals in the Rams' last eight contests, including four consecutive games with a goal.
  • Haboush and Shiffman each added their second assists of the season.
  • Wells finished with career-high tying seven saves for VCU.

QUOTABLE:
"Tonight was a game between two good teams.  We didn't play the best that we are capable of, but scored two good goals and that should have been enough to grind out the result on the road.  We have to learn that we need to control everything that we can to help us be successful.  You never know what play on either side of the ball will be the one that defines the game.  Therefore, you have to play all the plays as well as you possibly can.  For me, I didn't feel as though we did that tonight and it cost us.  I told the team that in every game, you have to control everything that you can to ensure that you get the result you want.  When we are able to do that for 90-plus minutes, I'm not sure this group will lose again.  Until we can do that, we leave ourselves vulnerable, especially against good teams like we played against tonight.  Now we need to turn our attention to a very good Butler team who got a big win tonight."
-Head Coach Dave Giffard

WHAT'S AHEAD:
The Rams continue their four-match road trip with Sunday, Oct. 14 at Butler.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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