Final Score: VCU 1, Saint Louis (2OT)
Location: Hermann Stadium (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Records: VCU 2-5-1, Saint Louis 1-3-3
The Short Story: Rafael Andrade Santos sent in a goal in in the 73rd minute of the match that became the equalizer, leading to a 1-1 final score after two overtimes between the VCU Rams and Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday night. The non-conference battle between the two squads would lead to the first draw of the season for the Black & Gold.
- Santos' goal was his third of the season, tying Luc Fatton for the team lead in that category.
- The Rams outshot the Billikens 23-8 on the night, with a 7-3 on-net difference.
- VCU had 10 corner kick opportunities, while Saint Louis led in fouls 19-7.
- Goalkeeper Pierre Gardan made two saves on the night in the draw.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams got their first solid scoring opportunity in the fifth minute, as Jorge Herranz sent a header wide of the net, followed by one from Fatton about 15 minutes later that also went wide.
- In the 18th minute, Saint Louis jumped on the board with the first goal of the match. Constantin Heider found the back of the net olympico style, as his corner kick got through the crowd and snuck in far post to give the Billikens a 1-0 lead.
- The first half was played in the middle of the field, with the Rams only grabbing two corner kick opportunities. After 45 minutes, VCU trailed 1-0.
- VCU broke through in the 73rd minute, as Santos nailed a free kick from about 25 yards out, bringing the Rams
- Santos had another free kick opportunity in the 81st minute just outside the 18 once again. However, this time, the shot would sail wide and high of the upper right 90, keeping things square at 1-1.
- The Rams had a strong push in the final minute of regulation, as a free kick and corner kick opportunity each slipped through the grasp of the Black and Gold, sending the match to overtime.
- With the first overtime winding down, Fatton had a chance inside the six-yard box with only seconds remaining. However, Saint Louis goalie Sascha Otte made a save to extend the game into a final 10-minute overtime.
- The Black and Gold put three shots up in the final overtime with two on net, but neither team found the back of the net. The match would end in a 1-1 tie.
VCU will return to action this Tuesday, September 27 as they stay on the road and head to Akron. The match between the Rams and Zips is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
COACH ON THE MATCH
"We just keep getting better and better. It's the first time we've come here to St. Louis and carried the game to them. I thought we were very unlucky not to take the 3 points, but we'll take the point against a very well coached and talented SLU team and move on."