VCU Advances to Semifinals with 4-0 Victory over George Washington
FAIRFAX, Va. - The eighth-seeded VCU Rams scored a pair of goals in each half to defeat the top-seeded George Washington Colonials, 4-0 on Thursday at George Mason Stadium. The Rams advance to Friday's 5:00 pm semifinal and will face the winner of Fordham and Massachusetts.
GW's best opportunity of the half occurred in the 29th minute, when the Colonials created a chance senior Eddie Painter on the left side of the box, but his shot was stopped by Gardan. Graduate student Matthew Scott followed went a header that went high 30 seconds later.
The Rams (6-9-4) took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals in less than three minutes. After collecting a ball right outside of the box, Rafael Andrade Santos made a nice move around a GW defender, curving a perfect shot into the top right corner of the goal. It was the fourth goal of the season for the sophomore midfielder.
Minutes later, the Rams continued to pressure offensively. RJ Roberts dribbled down towards the left corner, sending a cross into Eli Lockaby, who left it for a waiting Jorge Herranz in front of the goal, burrying it for his fourth tally on the year.
Luc Fatton would add to the Rams' lead in the 85th minute, before Herranz and Cody Sweatte were able to pull the keeper out of the box for an easy score by Herranz, his second of the day and fifth of the season.
Pierre Gardan registered his seventh shutout of the year in net for the Rams, recording four saves, while Jack Lopez made three stops for the Colonials.
The Rams will advance to the semifinals for the third time in four years and will take on the winner of the second quarterfinal between No. 4 Fordham and No. 5 Massachusetts.
GW finishes its season with a 10-8-0 overall record, the program's first 10-win season since 2011.
WATCH: VCU's Rafael Andrade Santos gives Rams a 1-0 lead
WATCH: Jorge Herranz scores first goal of the day, puts VCU up 2-0
WATCH: Luc Fatton Nets third goal for the Rams