Rams battle Duquesne to 0-0 draw Saturday

The Basics

Score: VCU 0, Duquesne 0 – 2OT
Records: VCU (4-6-4, 2-0-3 A10), Duquesne (3-8-2, 1-2-1 A10)
Location: SportsBackers Stadium – Richmond, Va.
Short Story: The VCU men's soccer team remained unbeaten in Atlantic 10 play after battling Duquesne to a 0-0 draw on Saturday night. The Rams dominated play throughout and outshot the Dukes, 18-3. 

How It Happened

  • Kai Marshall looked for a chance to put the Rams ahead in the 29th minute, but his shot missed, grazing the right post.
  • Duquesne tried to create an opportunity late in the first half, but any chance they may have had was denied as Juan Fajardo Ortiz tackled the Duquesner attacker, turning the ball back over to the Rams.
  • Fifteen seconds into the second half, Marshall fired a shot, but the Duquesne keeper turned away the chance.
  • In the final minutes of regulation, Ivan Sakou had a couple of chances to put the Rams on the board, but his shots missed wide.
  • Luc Fatton fired a shot in the 97th minute, but the ball bounced off the hands of the Duquesne keeper to keep zeros on the board and force the match to a second overtime.
  • Isaac Owusu launched the ball in the first 40 seconds of the second OT, but he missed high and another chance from Fatton was turned away to leave the game in a draw.  

Noteworthy

  • VCU has given up just one goal in 510 minutes of conference action.
  • Through 12 games Pierre Gardan posts a 0.85 goals against average.
  • This was the fifth game this season to be decided in extra time, and it was the second consecutive game for the Rams to be decided in double overtime.

Quotable

  • "I'll be honest, I'm not sure we can do much more than that without scoring. I was pleased with our improved play in the final third and the number of chances we created. We just have to keep improving each day. If we play like that, the chances will find the back of the net." - Head Coach Dave Giffard

Up Next

  • The Rams head back on the road for a midweek matchup at Saint Louis. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and can be seen on the Atlantic 10 Network.