Richmond, Va. – The William and Mary men’s soccer team fell at VCU, 2-0, Sunday night from Sports Backers Stadium. Even though the College held the advantage in shots, shots on goal and corner kicks, it was unable to put through multiple scoring opportunities on the evening. The Tribe falls to 0-1-1 on the year, while VCU improves to 1-0-1 on the season.
“Although we are disappointed with the result, we are happy with the performance,” stated head coach Chris Norris. “We were much bolder tonight in terms of our attacking choices and our execution was better in the second half. I really like this group and as long as we can keep an even keel and focus on our performance, we will be fine.”
In first half action, W&M threatened early, but didn’t capitalize on its early chances. With in the fist 10 minutes of action, W&M took two corner kicks and recorded a shot on frame. However, it was the Rams who struck first with a goal from freshman Devon Fisher in the fourth minute. For the rest of the half, the Green and Gold pushed the issue, taking five shots, three of which coming on goal, but the half ended with VCU leading, 1-0. For the half, W&M’s sophomore Marcus Luster registered two shots on frame coming in the 16th minute and the 24th minute.
As the second half started, the College was on the verge of tying the affair at, 1-1. Junior Roshan Patel got a good look on frame in the 46th minute, but his shot sailed just high of goal. Minutes later, junior Will Smith had his shot on frame deflected, and in the 54th minute sophomore Chris Albiston fired a shot that was narrowly wide of goal. For the remainder of the dispute, the Tribe took three more shots on frame but was turned away each time. The Rams added an insurance goal late in the 88th minute.
Sophomore Bennett Jones played all 90 minutes in frame for the College, tallying four saves on the night.
For the match, the College outshot VCU, 18-13. W&M also owned the advantage in shots on goal, 7-6, and corner kicks, 6-3.
The College returns to action Saturday, Sept. 1, as it plays host to Richmond at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in a 7 p.m. affair. For all the latest on Tribe soccer go to TribeAthletics.com.