Final Score: VCU 3, Saint Francis 2
Location: Sports Backers Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 1-2-0, Saint Francis 2-2-0
The Short Story: Luc Fatton scored on a breakaway in the 72nd minute, the second VCU goal in a 54-second span, to lead the Rams to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) Sunday at Sports Backers Stadium. Keeper Mario Sequeira notched his first collegiate win in net for the Rams.
- Zeron Sewell scored his first collegiate goal in the win, as he had a team-high two shots on goal in the game.
- Fatton's goal was his second of the season.
- The Red Flash held the shot advantage 12-7, while VCU had more corner opportunities, 5-2.
- Five yellow cards were given out in the contest, with four going to Saint Francis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Through the first 16 minutes of play, both teams tested the waters, as play flowed through the middle of the field for most of the time. VCU managed one corner kick try as the only offensive try.
- The Red Flash struck in the 17th minute, as a goal from Lucas Canineu struck for his first goal of the season as he dribbled into the 18 from the far wing and knocked it past Mario Sequeira for a 1-0 lead.
- Just minutes later, the Rams would strike back with a goal of their own, as Rafael Andrade Santos connected with Zeron Sewell on a free kick opportunity. Sewell's header would find the upper corner of the net to tie the game 1-1 in the 22nd minute.
- Saint Francis would strike back in the 62nd minute, as VCU would get called for a handball inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. SFU would convert, as Kaelon Fox tallied to put the Red Flash up 2-1.
- Once again, it would be only minutes later when VCU would get their chance, as a takeout in the box would result in a VCU penalty kick. Santos would convert, tying the game up 2-2.
- After a botched kickoff and turnover by Saint Francis just 54 seconds after the PK, a perfect pass from Peter Pearson led up to Fatton put him on a breakaway to the net, where he would find paydirt and put VCU up 3-2 in the 72nd minute.
- Sequeira would show off his skills down the stretch, as the freshman steered off multiple efforts by the Red Flash to get even. His play would seal the deal and give the Rams the 3-2 win.
VCU returns to the pitch next Sunday evening, Sept. 10, as they hit the road for the first time this season as they head to Florida Gulf Coast. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.