Final Score: VCU: 2, Dayton: 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 5-5-1 (4-0, A-10) Fordham 5-7-0 (1-2, A-10)
THE SHORT STORY
An early strike from junior Biska Biyombo (Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and an overtime goal from senior Ryo Shimazaki (Kawasaki, Japan) lifted VCU to a 2-1 overtime win to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 play.
- Biyombo scored in the 24th minute for a 1-0 VCU lead.
- Dayton leveled things 1-1 in the 49th minute.
- The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, sending VCU into its fifth overtime match of the season.
- Shimazaki scored the game-winner in the 97th minute from the penalty spot.
- The Rams outshot the Flyers 13-10 and put eight of those shots on frame.
- Junior Mario Sequeira (San Jose, Costa Rica) made three crucial saves on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams opened the game up in the 24th minute when sophomore Fiorre Mane (Dakar, Senegal) fed a ball to Biyombo who dribbled around a diving keeper and buried a left footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
- Dayton quickly looked to net one of its own, but Sequeira made a crucial save in the 28th minute when the Flyers had an open look on goal.
- VCU almost extended its lead in the 41st minute when sophomore Martin Ngoh (Goldvein, Va.) went one-on-one with the Dayton keeper, but the save was made to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Rams.
- Dayton got on the score sheet in the 49th minute, putting the pressure on the Rams early in the second half.
- The Rams maintained possession and had multiple good looks, including shots by Biyombo and Mane in the final 20 minutes of the first half, but were unable to net the go-ahead goal.
- Shimazaki tried to put the game away halfway through the first overtime with a deep shot. He put it on frame, but it fell into the hands of the Flyers' keeper.
- Junior Jared Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned a penalty kick in the 97th minute when he was shoved down by a Dayton defender in the box, thwarting his attack.
- Shimazaki stepped up to the spot and became the hero when he buried the penalty kick to secure the 2-1 victory.
The Rams will get a 10-day break after a busy start to October. The squad will return to A-10 play Saturday, Oct. 19 at Rhode Island. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.