No. 24 VCU Drops 4-0 Decision to UAB in Season Opener

FINAL: UAB 4, VCU 0 (VCU/Nike Classic – Richmond, Va.)

RECORDS: UAB (1-0), VCU (0-1)

VCU STARTERS: #21 Wells (GK), #2 Owusu, #3 Castillo, #6 De Leon, #7 Monge Solano, #8 Barnathan, #12 Belmar, #16 Duffie, #18 Shiffman, #19 Keita, #24 Fisher

UAB STARTERS: #30 Ville (GK), #4 Iverson, #5 Willemse, #7 Huang, #8 Yai, #10 Navarrete, #12 Clay, #14 Howze, #16 Adeniran, #19 Svantesson, #22 Copeland


  • 24th-ranked VCU dropped its season opener to UAB, 4-0, Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium. 
  • The Blazers scored a pair of goals within a two-minute stretch midway through the first half, added another before intermission and tacked on its final score early in the second period.


  • UAB struck first in the 18th minute when Lars Willemse sent a through ball to Diego Navarrete, who found the lower right corner for a 1-0 advantage.
  • The Blazers extended their lead less than two minutes later as Navarrete again launched a strike from the top of the box into the upper right corner.
  • Junior Ray De Leon fired a shot form about 18 yards out but missed high in the 22nd minute.
  • The Rams had another look in the 24th minute.  Junior Assane Keita's first offering was blocked before sophomore Dennis Castillo's header off the rebound was knocked down.
  • UAB took a 3-0 advantage in the 30th minute when Rami Dajani cut through the box and found the lower right corner.
  • Senior Romena Bowie fired a hard strike from nearly 20 yards away in the 34th minute but it drifted just wide of the lower left post.
  • Freshman Rahim Costa-Dorsey then drilled a UAB defender with a shot from the right corner of the box in the 44th minute.
  • UAB pushed its lead to 4-0 in the 55th minute when Freddy Ruiz drove through the middle of the field and found the lower right of the net.
  • Junior Jose Manel followed with a shot high in the 60th minute before senior Nate Shiffman had his look drift high of the net three minutes later.


  • Eleven different Rams fired shots, including two from Belmar.
  • VCU held a 12-8 advantage in shots to go along with a 15-2 margin in corner kicks.

WHAT'S AHEAD: The Rams conclude play in the VCU/Nike Classic on Sunday, Sept. 1 against former Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium.  VCU then hosts 11th-ranked New Mexico on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.