Final Score: VCU: 0, Akron: 2
Location: Akron, Ohio (FirstEnergy Stadium)"
Records: VCU 3-5-1 (2-0-0 A-10), Akron 1-7-0 (0-0 MAC)
THE SHORT STORY
Two first-half goals by Akron were enough to defeat VCU 2-0 in Ohio Wednesday evening, snapping a three-game Rams unbeaten streak.
- Akron got on the board first with a goal in the 10th minute for a 1-0 lead.
- The Zips took a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute.
- VCU rocketed eight shots on the night.
- Seniors Ryo Shimazaki (Kawasaki, Japan) and Fortia Munts (Barcelona, Spain) let the squad with two shots each.
- Senior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) made three big saves Wednesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU came out of the gate on the front foot, earning the first shot of the match. Shimazaki put one on frame, but it was saved by the Akron keeper.
- After settling into the first few minutes of play, the Zips were awarded a corner kick in the 10th minute and got a head on the end of the service to take a 1-0 lead.
- Akron scored its second of the match in the 27th minute. Like the first goal, they netted the ball after a corner kick led to a scramble in the box.
- The Rams settled in towards the end of the first half, holding most of the possession in the final minutes of the first frame.
- Senior Zeron Sewell (Morant Bay, Jamaica) found some space and fired a rocket in the 42nd minute, but it was deflected off target.
- Sequeira was solid between the pipes in the second half, making back-to-back impressive saves in the 64th and 69th minutes to keep Akron from any further damage.
- VCU had one of its most dangerous chances in the 73rd minute when it earned a free kick just outside the box. Junior Toranosuke Abe (Tokyo, Japan) stood over the ball and put in beautiful service to the back post, but the ball floated just out of the reach of the waiting rams.
- Sewell continued to be impressive in his center back position, making an emergency clearance in the 81st minute. Sequeira was forced to come off his line to defend two charging Zips and Sewell hustled back to the goal line to clear the shot just before it found the back of the net.
HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD
"Akron is a very talented team who has played a tough schedule and brought back a large part of the group who lost in the national title game last year. They have been paying for small mistakes in the first several games and That coupled with injuries it's why they haven't won more to start the year. We made some mistakes that have been in us and we haven't been paying for it and tonight that caused our performance to not be as good as I thought it could have been. Although it's a disappointing night, there are a lot of things for us to learn and take from tonight's game if we are self critical and try our best to improve. With the injuries we have had to start the season, the lack of results in a few games and with some of our opponents not performing well in some of their games, we've known for a few weeks that we are playing for the A-10 season. Our goal has been to continue to improve each week and try to put ourselves in the best position that we can to compete to win both the regular season and the tournament titles and win our way into the NCAA's by way of the auto bid. Right now, we have to focus on our improvements day to day and be better on Saturday in several of these details than we were tonight. If we can continue to do that week in and week out, I like our chances of achieving our goals."
The Rams return to Sports Backers Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5 after finishing up a six-game road stint. VCU will welcome Davidson for a 7 p.m. kickoff.