It’s always a bittersweet day when student-athletes are recognized for their contributions during Senior Night and this evening VCU soccer bids farewell to 4 outstanding members of their squad. Seniors Dennis Castillo, Garrett Cyprus, Isaac Owusu, and Jack Bates all made contributions to the success of their team over the course of their time on the pitch. In an entertaining match between VCU and GW there were a lot of promising moments, some drama, and an ending that no one saw coming.
VCU was coming off 2 draws and a recent 2-0 loss to SLU on the road while George Washington had lost their previous 2 games. Both teams were ready for a win with just a few final games remaining in the regular season. The pressure was on to see which team could come away with a victory and a coveted 3 points.
During the first half the Rams and Colonials battled it out on the pitch as both attempted to be the first to find the back of the net; however, neither would be rewarded for their efforts. There were a few close opportunities from each side and VCU maintained a high level of aggression out pacing GW in fouls with 3 to 2 during the first half. The Colonials led in attempts taking 9 shots with 3 on goal while the Rams took 8 with 3 on goal. Frustration mounted as VCU continued to come close to scoring with near miss opportunities including the Rams last attempt by Greg Boehme – a header that went high. GW made a frantic attempt to get past the VCU defense in the last minute without success.
Early in the second half a dramatic play off of a slow roll from Ivan Sokou sent fellow Ram Luc Fatton sprinting towards the goal. In a dramatic collision with Tobi Adewole another goal was thwarted and Adewole was carried off the field. The Colonials continued to mount the offensive but trailed the Rams in the quality of their chances. The Rams best opportunity came in the 68th minute when Dakota Barnathan got one to the back of the net off a rebound. The celebration ended abruptly when the official waived off the goal for offsides. The call was met with great displeasure from fans. During regulation GW added another 5 attempts with 2 on goal and VCU added 6 attempts with 3 on goal.
At the end of 90 minutes the game remained tied at 0-0 and the teams headed into overtime in search of a golden goal and a decisive victor. It wasn’t long before the Colonials earned the victory off an unfortunate own goal by VCU. GW sent a cross from the right side into the box that deflected into VCU’s own net as GW closed the game out ending their losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Rams in the third minute of overtime.
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