Rams Battle No.25 Akron down to the wire

The Basics
Score: No. 25 Akron 3, VCU 2 (2OT)
Records: VCU (0-1-0), No.25 Akron (1-0-0)
Location: SportsBackers Stadium – Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: The VCU Men's Soccer team battled 25th-ranked Akron down to the wire Friday night, fell in double overtime, 3-2. Senior Dennis Castillo and junior Jason McGlothern both found the back of the net to ignite the crowd of over 1,200. 

How It Happened

  • In the 35th minute senior Jack Bates fired a shot from the left side missing just wide. One minute later Rahim Costa-Dorsey's shot missed grazing the cross bar.
  • Akron's Sam Gainford snuck a shot past Garrett Cyprus putting the ball in the right corner, giving the Zips a 1-0 advantage in the 54th minute.
  • Minutes later, Bates' looked to even the match with a header off McGlothern's corner, but he missed just high.
  • In the 63rd minute, Cody Sweatte's shot bounced off the post, but McGlothern was there to put away the equalizer.
  • Akron's Gainford found the back of the net again in the 77th minute off a pass from Sean Sepe, giving the Zips a 2-1 advantage.
  • Off a VCU corner in the 88th minute, a hectic barrage of shots ended with Dennis Castillo booting a loose ball in the back of the net to tie it up, 2-2.  
  • Sweatte looked to put the game away with a breakaway shot in the 95th minute, but the Akron keeper was there to stop him.
  • Akron's Anthony Macchione's scored in the 107th minute, giving Akron the double overtime victory.

Quotable

  • "That was a very tough way for us to lose. We fought back twice and I thought deserved at least a point out of that game. But I was very proud of this young group for answering twice after going down. If we can learn lessons from tonight and continue to improve each day, this could have the makings of a very good team before it's all said and done." --Head Coach Dave Giffard 
  • "I also want to say congrats to Akron, they are a quality, well coached team, who will win a ton of games this year." --Head Coach Dave Giffard

Up Next

  • The Rams return to action on Sunday to host No.21 Coastal Carolina. Game time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.