Final Score: William & Mary 4, VCU 0
Location: Albert-Daly Field (Williamsburg, Va.)
Records: VCU 5-8-3 (3-2-1), William & Mary 9-6-2 (2-3-2)
The Short Story: A tough night on the pitch came in the form of a 4-0 loss on Thursday night for the VCU Rams. After going down two goals in five minutes, the Rams would surrender two more over the 90 minute match in the loss at William & Mary.
- After just one shot in the first half, VCU produced seven shots on net, with three on goal on the match.
- Both sides managed six corner opportunities, while it would be the Tribe leading the way in shots with 14.
- Brandon Eaton led the charge in shots on the night, with three total. He ended up as the only Raven with multiple shots.
- Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan would make five saves on nine shots on net in the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It only took 18 seconds for the Tribe to hop on the board first in the first half, as Jeff Bombelles knocked his first goal of the season. Thanks to a solid shot on net from William Eskay, Bombelles picked up the rebound and slipped it by Gardan for the 1-0 lead.
- Just four minutes later, Ryder Bell would strike for the Tribe's second goal of the game off a header. A lob into the box would get finished off by Bell and over the hands of Gardan.
- VCU almost cut the lead in half in the 19th minute, as a shot from Simond Kargo rung off the crossbar and bouncing out, keeping the score in favor of William & Mary, 2-0.
- Just as the first half was coming to a close, the Tribe added a third goal from Reeves Trott. From the top of the 18, he would get around one VCU defender and score in the lower right corner of the net.
- After trailing 3-0 after the first 45 minutes, VCU found some offensive pressure in the start of the second half. The Rams produced some corner opportunities and also a few shot from Joseph Gonnella and Ryo Shimazaki.
- With a god portion of the second half played at the midfield, William & Mary broke through with their fourth and final goal in the 87th minute. Juliam Ngoh would score on an assist from Marcel Berry. Berry would send a pass from the top of the 18 toward the six-yard box where Ngoh would finish from a short distance.
- As the 90 minutes expired, the Tribe would walk away with the 4-0 win over the Black and Gold.
VCU returns to the pitch this Saturday, October 29 when they travel to Davidson to take on the Wildcats. Kick off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
COACH ON THE GAME
"It was a very good game for us. against a good opponent we were able to give guys who have been playing a lot the night off and get everyone significant minutes who hasn't played much or at all this year.
The college season is so compressed, that sometimes you have to make decisions like this to protect and keep fresh the guys who will be needed for the stretch run. At this point, we aren't in the picture for an NCAA at large bid and so our pathway into the NCAA's would have to be winning the A10 tournament.
With that in mind we need to be as fresh as we can for the upcoming A10 games the next two weekends.
Tonight, I thought some guys really helped us and showed that in a tough game against a quality opponent, they are ready to help us. At the same time, for the guys who aren't ready, it's good for them to see what needs to be done on their end to be able to contribute to the team on game day. It's key for us in the final stretch to know who those guys are." - Coach Giffard