October 27, 2013
LATE GOAL GIVES SAINT JOSEPH’S 1-0 WIN OVER 24TH-RANKED RAMS
- Score: Saint Joseph's 1, #24 VCU 0
- Records: Saint Joseph's (3-7-5, 1-4 A10), VCU (8-5-2, 3-1-1 A10)
- Location: Sweeney Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
- The Short Story: A goal by SJU's Ryan McFadden in the 85th minute proved to be the difference as the 24th-ranked VCU men's soccer team fell on the road on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 decision to Saint Joseph's. McFadden's goal snapped VCU's shutout streak at 376:19.
How It Happened
- Sophomore Dennis Castillo nearly got the Rams on the board early with a shot that went just wide in the third minute of the game.
- Devon Fisher and Ritchie Duffie put the pressure on Saint Joseph's late in the first half, but SJU keeper Andrew D'Ottavi came up with the save to keep the Rams off the board and send the game into halftime at 0-0.
- VCU continued to pepper the SJU goal, but D'Ottavi and the Hawks defense continue to turn away the Black & Gold and keep the game scoreless.
- McFadden finally broke the scoreless tie in the 85th minute when he took a pass from Tim Lazorko and deposited into the right side of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
- VCU would bounce back and put late game pressure on the SJU defense and freshman Rahim Costa-Dorsey nearly equaled things up in the 89th minute, but his shot bounced off the post and the Hawks were able to hold on for the 1-0 win.
- "Today was a very disappointing result. Going to a place like St. Joes is incredibly challenging, especially on a Sunday afternoon, however we had to play with more urgency to create good chances to get the goals we needed. After they scored with 5 minutes to go, we played with much more urgency, forced 2 very good saves from their keeper and had an open goal from about 5 yards out that we rang off the crossbar. In the end though, the story of the game was our lack of urgency and a very difficult opponent to break down on their field. It's a lesson that we will have to learn as we move forward. Now we get ready for a tough game against a very good ODU team on Wednesday." - Head Coach Dave Giffard
- The Rams return home on Wednesday, Oct. 30 when they host long-time rival Old Dominion. Game time at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium is set for 7 p.m.