Final Score: VCU 2, Duquesne 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers)
Records: VCU (7-4-0) A-10 (3-0-0), Duquesne (2-6-2) A-10 (0-1-1)
- Junior defender Ryo Shimazaki and senior midfielder Peter Pearson registered one goal apiece.
- Junior midfielder Siad Haji recorded two assists.
- Duquesne held a 14-10 edge in shots.
- Sophomore keeper Mario Sequeira tallied three saves and guided the Rams to their seventh clean sheet of the season.
- VCU recorded six fouls compared to Duquesne's eight fouls and one yellow card.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Shimazaki scored his first goal of the season and the first goal of the game off of a Haji assist in the 22nd minute. The play resembled the classic give-and-go before he shot a rocket just out of the reach of Duquesne's Robbie McKelvey and into the bottom right corner of the net.
- In the 88th minute, Pearson scored the second goal of the night from a Haji pass to extend the Rams' lead to 2-0 after executing a counter attack.
- At halftime, members of the Inaugural Team and All-Time Team were honored at center field for the celebration of the 40th anniversary.
- Both VCU and Duquesne shared several scoring chances at the beginning of the second half, but neither team could find the back of the net.
- Sequeira tallied two saves in the last two minutes of the first half to keep the 1-0 lead.
HEAD COACH DAVID GIFFARD
"It was nice to get three points again, but we made the game much more difficult than it needed to be. After we scored the first goal, we took our foot off the gas and we have to learn to stop doing that. With that being said, it's always better to learn while you win, so we'll take it and move on."
The Rams will travel to Saint Louis to defend their perfect 3-0 start in conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.