Rams dominate George Washington, 4-0, to advance to Atlantic 10 Semifinals

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 4, George Washington 0
  • Records: VCU (6-9-4, 3-2-3), George Washington (10-8-0, 6-2-0)
  • Location: Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals – George Mason Stadium – Fairfax, Va.
  • The Short Story: After scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes of the regular season finale, the VCU men's soccer team kept it rolling pouring in four goals en route to a dominating Atlantic 10 Tournament victory over top-seeded George Washington on Thursday afternoon. Junior Jorge Herranz led the way with a brace, scoring goals in each half for the Black & Gold. Sophomores Rafael Andrade Santos and Luc Fatton added goals in the win. Classmate Pierre Gardan registered his seventh shutout of the year in net for the Rams. 
  • Goals: Santos' First Goal l Herranz's First Half Goal
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How It Happened

  • The Rams looked for an early lead when Dennis Castillo took a free kick in the fourth minute, but his shot missed just wide. The Colonials responded to the attack with a free kick of their own, but they missed on the header.
  • George Washington's Garrett Heine sent a shot in a short time later, but Gardan was there with the save.
  • In the 20th minute, Ivan Sakou found Dakota Barnathan who missed wide before GW's Koby Osei-Wusu fired a shot right in front of the goal, but Castillo was there to knock down the shot and keep the game scoreless. 
  • Santos put the Rams on top in the 34th minute with a shot from just outside the box putting the ball in the top corner, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.
  • Two minutes later, Eli Lockaby and RJ Roberts created an opportunity for Herranz to chip in the ball, extending VCU's lead to 2-0.
  • In the 63rd minute, GW looked to break through on a header from Christian Lawal, but the chance missed high to keep the Rams' lead at two. 
  • Minutes later, GW's Heine looked for an opportunity again, but Gardan was there to stop anything from getting through.
  • In the final five minutes, the Rams added a pair of goals from Fatton and Herranz picked up his second goal of the game.  


  • Herranz's two goals pushed him into the team lead with five on the season.
  • Sixteen of VCU's 22 goals have come from players who had not scored a collegiate goal for the Rams prior to the start of the season. 
  • Pierre Gardan registered his seventh shutout of the season, which ranks him fourth for most shutouts in a single season. 


  • "It was a solid team performance today to open the tournament.  I think there are a lot of areas for us to continue to improve in for us to be at our best, but obviously we are pleased to have a chance to learn while we advance." - Head Coach Dave Giffard
Up Next
  • The Rams will take on fourth-seeded Fordham tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the semifinals at George Mason Stadium. The game will be available on the Atlantic 10 Network.