VCU looking for 3 points in their first Atlantic 10 home match of the 2015 season as they took on St. Bonaventure under the Wednesday night lights at Sports Backers.
In the opening minutes, VCU were on cruise control with good passing all around the pitch. Maintaining possession for the majority of the half along with great play making shown from Simond Kargbo and Isaac Owusu as the search for the golden goal was well underway.
Kargbo went down due to injury in the 16’ and was subbed by Cody Sweatte who made an immediate impact on the match. Sweatte was able to leave St. Bonnies defenders in the dust on counter and assisted with more chances for the Rams offensively. His biggest impact came in the 24’ from a cross to Ivan Sakou who found the back of the net off the header but the goal was disallowed; Sakou was called for the foul when colliding with St. Bonaventure’s goalkeeper Bobby Diaz as he went for the header.
Diaz minutes later found himself in a scenario that lead to shoving and yelling between VCU and St. Bonaventure. Tangled up with VCU’s Dakota Barnathan, Diaz struck Barnathan in the chest as it lead to officials physically separating players to regain control of the match. A yellow card was shown to Diaz for his actions in the 36’.
Just minutes before the halftime whistle, VCU was finally able to put a goal on the scoreboard. The Rams were awarded a corner kick in the 42’ where Jorge Herranz found Dakota Barnathan perfectly in the box. Barnathan got a header to the lower right side of the goal and Lyndesey Moreland finished it off with a flick into the net to give VCU a 1-0 lead as 1st half came to a close.
As the 2nd half got underway, it was more of the same as VCU dominated possession and turned up the pressure on St. Bonaventure’s defense. Jack Bates, Greg Boehme and Jorge Herranz joined VCU’s offensive assault with strikes of their own in hopes of a goal.
That goal came in the 81’ after a brilliant strike from Kai Marshall off the cross from Sweatte for his first goal of the season to secure all 3 points for the Rams as it the contest came to end at 2-0 VCU.
VCU’s next match takes place on Saturday as they take on Davidson in an A-10 clash at Sports Backers. Kick-Off is set for 7 PM.
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