Final Score: Appalachian State 3, VCU 2
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 0-2-0, Appalachian State 1-1-0
The Short Story: Falling to a two-goal deficit early in the first half, the VCU Rams could not recover in their second game in the VCU/ODU Tournament on Sunday evening. The Rams would fall by a final of 3-2 to the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
- Ulrik Edvarsen scored his first collegiate goal, coming in his debut as well. Luc Fatton would also score in the contest for the Rams. Each goal was their first of the year.
- Siad Haji recorded two assists on the afternoon, earing himself a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
- Joining Haji on the All-Tournament team would be Rafael Andrade Santos, who scored a goal on Friday night.
- The Rams outshot Appalachian State 16-4 in the contest, while also controlling eight corner opportunities .
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Mountaineers got the scoring started in the 8th minute, as Felix Kollmannthaler took advantage of a VCU turnover and found the back of the net on a low shot to the left corner. That gave Appalachian State a 1-0 lead early.
- Just eight minutes later, the Mountaineers would strike again as Zeiko Harris scored off a corner kick to push the App State lead to 2-0.
- VCU picked up the action late in the first half, rolling off five straight unanswered shots as the match rolled into the half.
- The Rams kept the momentum going as the second half started, as Ulrik Edvarsen scored off a shot from Siad Haji that banged off the crossbar. Edvarsen's header would bring the Black & Gold within one, 2-1.
- The Mountaineers would strike back in the 76th minute, as Austin Hill finished on a one-timer through the six-yard box from Daniel Avila to put their lead back to two, 3-1.
- Pushing ahead was the Rams, looking to break through when they finally got a goal in the 88th minute from Fatton. Haji had the assist once again, as Fatton spun and found the lower left corner of the net with minutes to play, putting the score at 3-2.
- VCU had chances down the stretch, including a header with just seconds on the clock but could not come through with an extra tally.
VCU returns to the pitch next Friday evening, September 1, as they return home to Sports Backers Stadium to take on Iona at 7 p.m.