Men's soccer: Red-hot VCU dominates No. 9 Maryland in DMV battle
The VCU Rams brought their hot streak into College Park Tuesday night in a matchup with the #9 Maryland Terrapins. VCU struck early, and struck often to score three goals in their 3-0 victory over the Terps for their third straight win.
VCU and Maryland traded possession throughout the first 20 minutes of play, as the Terps put up two shots to VCU's one.
Then in the 22nd minute, Santos would break the ice with one of the top goals of the season with a blast from 30 yards out that would sneak underneath the crossbar. That would give VCU the early 1-0 lead.
Maryland began to press the offense, forcing play up front to try and sneak one past Sequeira. The Black & Gold stood tall on defense, as the back line and midfield stepped up closing gaps and passing lanes early.
As time ticked down in the first half, VCU jumped on a chance to counter as Lockaby led a change from the midfield. His pass to Haji would get crossed in front of the net, finding Santos for the back post one timer, giving VCU the 2-0 lead in the 44th minute.
The Rams wasted no time punching in number three in the second half, as it would be Amorosino from Santos in the 53rd minute to put the Rams up 3-0. Amorosino would get free inside the 18, and rip a shot from 10 yards out into the back of the net for the score.
The Black & Gold went into defensive mode down the stretch, setting up multiple chances for Maryland which wouldn't be converted.
Sequeira would be clutch, making multiple game-saving stops to keep the shutout and preserve the win.
Goalkeeper Mario Sequeira collected his seventh shutout of the season in the win, his third straight. All three have also been on the road.
Rafael Andrade Santos scored two goals on the game, his sixth and seventh goals of the season. He also collected an assist as well, putting him atop the team in points this season with 17.
Francesco Amorosino put up his seventh goal of the season. He is now tied for the team lead with Santos and Luc Fatton in goals. All three are also tied for second in the Atlantic 10 with those seven goals.
The Rams are now winners of nine of their last 11 games, and have outscored their last three opponents 10-0.
Siad Haji collected two assists on the game, while Eli Lockaby chipped in with one.