Final Score: VCU 2, George Mason 0
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 3-5-2 (1-0-0), George Mason 2-6-1 (0-1-0)
The Short Story: The VCU Rams opened up Atlantic 10 Conference play with a statement on Saturday night, as the Black and Gold turned to the hot feet of Jorge Herranz and Luc Fatton. The duo scored both VCU goals on the night en route to a 2-0 shutout win over the George Mason Patriots.
- Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan turned in his second shutout of the season, with both coming in back-to-back games. He made one save on the night in all 90 minutes of action.
- Fatton kept pace as the lead goal scorer of the season, notching his fourth goal, while Herranz brought himself in a tie with Rafael Andrade Santos for second on the team with his third goal. However, Herranz is the first Ram to double-digits in points, now standing at 11 on the year.
- Eli Lockaby collected both assists on the night, while getting his first multi-assist game of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams started strong offensively with a handful of solid looks in the opening 30 minutes. That would be highlighted by six corner kick opportunities during that stretch.
- In the 35th minute, the Rams would break through with a goal courtesy of Herranz for his third of the season. After a nifty move from Eli Lockaby dribbling in toward the 18, he slid a pass into to Herranz who took one step, and delivered a shot to the far post with the outside of his right foot and in for the score.
- In the 40th minute, Fatton had a header opportunity from six yards out, which would be saved point blank by George Mason goalkeeper Tomas Lapnas.
- As the score remained 1-0 after the first 45 minutes, the corner opportunities kept coming for the Black and Gold after the start of the 2nd half. However, things stayed 1-0.
- Fatton would have something to say in the 79th minute, as Lockaby once again made some swift moves to get to the end line inside the 18-yard box. He would send a pass in towards the six, where Fatton was standing. He would trap, spin, and fire a shot far post to put the Rams up 2-0.
- Freshman Travis Cooke would get in on the action with back-to-back-to-back near goals in the 85th, 87th, and 89th minutes. His first shot would require a save from Lapnas, while the second attempt his the left post and bounced out. The third and final, which actually found the back of the net, was an offsides call and was a no goal. Despite the fact, the Rams ended up with the 2-0 victory.
VCU returns to the pitch this Wednesday, October 5 when the Rams travel north to take on the George Washington Colonials on the road. Game time for Wednesday afternoon is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff.