Virginia Commonwealth's strong second half holds off No. 13 Charlotte
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Commonwealth handed No. 13 Charlotte its second loss of the season with a 4-1 win on Friday.
Charlotte got the first chance of the match in the fourth minute. Donnie Smith had a look off of a header, but VCU senior goalkeeper Andrew Wells was there for the save. Rams junior Jason Johnson countered six minutes later but 49ers goalie Klay Davis made a stop.
Following a Charlotte foul inside the box in the 26th minute, sophomore Mario Herrera Meraz converted a penalty kick to put VCU (5-1-2) in front 1-0.
Charlotte battled back and knotted the game at 1-1 in the 39th minute. Isaac Caughran gathered the ball off of a deflection and fired a shot into the right corner of the net for what proved to be the 49ers' only goal of the match.
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VCU wasted little time regaining the lead. Herrera Meraz sent a pass to sophomore Juan Monge Solano. Solano then lifted a cross into the box, where Devon Fisher ripped a shot off Davis and into the net for the eventual game-winning score.
The Black and Gold added another goal in the 63rd minute when senior Juan Arbelaez connected with Johnson. Arbelaez sent a cross into the box where Johnson slid on the ground and directed the ball into the net.
The Rams added one more insurance goal in the 71st minute. After a corner kick by Herrera Meraz, junior Garret Harvey slipped a shot past Davis in front of a crowded net to put VCU ahead 4-1.
Charlotte continued to fight but VCU's defense held strong. In the 75th minute, the 49ers' Dominic Bonilla had a look but Fisher stepped in front of the net to knock the shot away. In the 77th minute, Robby Thomas had a chance from the top of the box but Wells came up with a diving stop.