Rams battled defending national champion, Virginia, Monday night

The Basics
Score: #6 Virginia 1, VCU 0
Records: VCU (2-5-1), #6 Virginia (5-0-2)
Location: SportsBackers Stadium – Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: Despite a fiery and physical Rams squad on the pitch, VCU fell to defending national champion, Virginia, 1-0, Monday night at SportsBackers Stadium. 

How It Happened

  • The Rams battled early and with less than 10 minutes into the match, Simond Kargbo and Ivan Sakou both had chances that barely missed. Minutes later, Brandon Eaton had another opportunity for the Rams, but his shot was wide.
  • Virginia's Nicko Corriveau attempted to put the Cavaliers on the board on two occassions, but keeper Pierre Gardan was there to stop that from happening.
  • With eight minutes remaining until the break, Dennis Castillo looked to give the Rams a 1-0 lead with a free kick, but UVA defenders blocked the shot.
  • The Rams continued their fiery attack in the in the second half. Less than a minute into the half, Sakou fired a shot, but missed just wide.
  • In the 62nd minute, Dakota Barnathan's header off a Jason McGlothern corner kick just grazed the crossbar. Another shot, this time from Brandon Eaton just missed high.
  • Virginia's Derek Etienne dribbled through defenders and chipped in a shot in the 84th minute to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead and win.   

Notes

  • Starting goalkeeper Pierre Gardan has now logged five saves in the last two games.
  • Largest crowd since A10 opener (Oct. 5, 2012), the fourth largest crowd in SportsBackers history.
  • This was the second of three-straight opponents (Georgetown, Virginia, and UCLA) that was a participant in the 2014 College Cup.

What They Said

  • "In games like that, you don't get to miss that many good chances and win. We had 5-7 good looks at goal and forced only one save out of the goalkeeper. That's a lot of good looks against a quality opponent and in the end we paid for it. I was pleased with the progress that we have made over the last several weeks. We continue to get better, which is what we can control. We do have to learn some tough lessons from tonight, but that's what playing good opponents will give you.Now we get ready for another very talented team in UCLA on Friday." - Head Coach Dave Giffard

Up Next

  • The Rams head back out west to take on the national runner-up, UCLA, on Friday, September 25. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be on the Pac-12 Network.