Final Score: Pitt 1, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers)
Records: VCU (3-2-0), Pitt (2-3-0)
The Short Story: VCU falls to Pitt for its third loss of the season.
- The Rams held a 7-0 corner kick advantage.
- VCU was caught offsides a total of seven times compared to Pitt's two.
- Sophomore keeper Mario Sequeira recorded four saves while Pitt's keeper tallied five.
- VCU held a 16-10 edge in shots with five shots on goal apiece.
- Junior midfielder Fortia Munts led the Rams with four shots with two on goal.
- The Panthers totaled 10 fouls and four yellow cards, compared to nine fouls and two yellow cards for VCU.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first shot of the game came from sophomore forward Jared Greene in the eighth minute, which angled wide right.
- The Panthers recorded the first goal of the game in the 21st minute.
- Senior midfielder Eli Lockaby forced the first save of the match for Pitt's keeper as he ripped a shot from the left side of the box in the 22nd minute.
- Junior forward Siad Haji kicked off the second half with a rocket towards goal that was saved by Pitt's keeper.
- Junior forward Luke Murphy took a shot from about 25 yards out that sailed just high of the top crossbar that could have tied the match in the 36th minute.
- A stretched out, diving save from Sequeira in the 50th minute prevented Pitt from extending its lead.
- A potential game-tying shot attempt by Munts in the 85th minute was stopped by a diving save from the Panthers' keeper.
- Sequeira tallied three saves in the first half and one in the second.
HEAD COACH DAVID GIFFARD
"Obviously we would have liked a different result, but with this young group it's about the process of growing and learning. I thought we grew our way into the game but gave away a few silly chances early through our own errors and from not playing with as much aggression and confidence as we should have. In those moments, we gave away a goal and that was all they needed. As the game wore on, we got better and better but then in the end, we panicked and didn't stick to what we do and believe enough in who we are. There were some positive steps, though, in the growth and development of this team, but now that we have a week to train, we need to address some things and learn before our next test against ODU."
VCU continues its three-game homestand against Old Dominion on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.