Dayton snaps VCU’s conference winning streak

Junior defender Ryo Shimazaki started in 15 games this season and scored one game winning goal. Photo by Michel Maulding.

Jaron Nutter
Contributing Writer

The Men’s Soccer team failed to extend their six-game winning streak as it fell to Dayton 1-0 Oct. 27 in Ohio.

Flyers’ midfielder Jonas Fjeldberg scored a header to the far post in the 31st minute off an assist from David Lianes. Dayton outshot VCU 18-5 overall and 6-0 in shots on goal.

VCU junior midfielder Siad Haji and junior midfielder Fortia Munts failed to find the back of the net in the 51st and 53rd minutes. Redshirt-senior midfielder Joseph Gonnella and freshman forward Martin Ngoh took one shot each. Ngoh was almost the hero with a shot in the 87th minute, but it was blocked by a Dayton defender.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mario Sequeira recorded three saves, bringing his season total to 44.

Rams head coach David Giffard told VCU Athletics why his side failed to win their final road match of the regular season.

“I think we focused on the outcome tonight instead of how to play to get the outcome we want,” Giffard said. “Disappointing for sure, but we need to learn and move onto Wednesday night.”

The Flyers improved to 7-5-4, as the Rams fell to 9-5-1. VCU currently still sits atop the Atlantic 10 standings with a 5-1-1 record in conference play, good for 16 points. The Flyers are in seventh place with a 3-3-1 record and 10 points.

The Rams will look to bounce back against St. Bonaventure on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., their last game of the regular season.

 

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