Final Score: Massachusetts 1, VCU 0 (OT)
Location: Rudd Field (Amherst, Mass.)
Records: VCU 5-7-3 (3-2-1), Massachusetts 5-7-3 (2-1-2)
The Short Story: After not putting up any scores over 90 minutes of play, the VCU Rams would surrender a late goal with under a minute to play in the first overtime Saturday afternoon. The goal would hand the Black and Gold a 1-0 loss on the road to the UMass Minutemen.
- Brandon Eaton and Jorge Herranz each had three shots on the afternoon. However, the Rams only got two shots on net, one from Eaton and one from Rafael Andrade Santos.
- The Minutemen just edged the Black and Gold in shots 10-to-9, but had more opportunity in the offensive end with eight corner opportunities to VCU's three.
- Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan made three saves on four shots in the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With play on both ends of the field strong for both sides, VCU got going in the 11th minute with a shot from Eli Lockaby.
- Jorge Herranz would get two solid looks at the net in the 18th and 20th minutes, but both of his shots would get blocked before they got towards the twine.
- The game would be scoreless after the first 45 minutes of play. It would be key, as UMass would make a push with some offense to start the second half, taking two shots and had one corner opportunity in the first four minutes.
- In the 74th minute, Herranz looked as if he may put VCU ahead, but his shot ringed off the crossbar and stayed out of the net, keeping things scoreless at 0-0.
- The Rams would get a corner kick opportunity in the 80th minute, but nothing would come of it.
- It would be a quiet 10 minutes until the 90-minute mark, which saw the game still scoreless at 0-0. That would send the match to overtime.
- Brandon Eaton would have a good shot in the 95th minute, but would see his look go high of the net.
- With under a minute to play in the extra frame, Massachusetts would set up for a corner kick. Ty Goncalves would send a solid cross into the box, where it was met by a header from Josh Jess that would slip by Pierre Gardan. The score would give UMass the 1-0 win.
VCU returns to the pitch this Wednesday, October 26 when they travel to take on William & Mary on the road for a non-conference matchup. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m.