DAYTON, OHIO – The Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship resumes Friday afternoon with two semifinal matchups at University of Dayton’s Baujan field. Top-seeded Massachusetts takes on fifth-seeded Fordham at 4:30 pm and second-seeded VCU takes on sixth-seeded Rhode Island at 7:00 pm.
The first matchup of the day will feature plenty of talent between the Minutemen and Fordham, as the Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and nine All-Conference selections will be playing in this game. These two teams are very familiar with each other as they met nine days ago, with defending Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Tournament Champion Fordham pulling the 3-2 upset over Massachusetts.
In their meeting nine days ago, four First Team All-Conference selections made a contribution in the game. All-Conference First Team selection Rashid Nuhu was outstanding in that game as he made eight saves, a season-high for the junior goalkeeper. The Rams used a pair of second-half goals to pull the 3-2 upset of No. 25 Massachusetts. All-Conference First Team selections Janos Loebe and Alex DeSantis each scored goals in the contest.
In the nightcap, Rhode Island looks to avenge their 2-1 loss to VCU on Oct. 28. It was a tale of two halves in the contest as Rhody’s Tyler Dickson headed in the opening goal of the game, giving Rhode Island a 1-0 lead. Rhody took their lead to halftime and remained on top until the 65th minute.
In the 65th minute, Offensive Player of the Year, Rafael Andrade Santos, scored the equalizing goal for VCU. The goal was Santos’ eighth of his league-leading 11 goals this year. 13 minutes later, Santos assisted Francesco Amorosino on the game-winning goal in the 78th minute, recording his 20th point of his league-leading 27 points. All-Rookie Team selection, Mario Sequeira, recorded two saves in the contest to earn his 10th win of the season.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship began last weekend with four quarterfinal matches at campus sites. Semifinal and final matches will be played at Dayton’s Baujan Field, where tickets will be sold onsite. The winners of Friday’s contests will advance to the championship final, which will be played on Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament. All three games will air on the A-10 Network.