Men’s Soccer Defeats UMass 2-1 in OT Thriller



The Rams took on the Massachusetts Minutemen Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament. Things looked bleak for the first 89 minutes of the game, as UMass held a 1-0 lead. But senior midfielder scored the tying goal with 25 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

Senior midfielder Jorge Herranz scored the game-winning goal late in the first overtime period. He scored from about 30 yards out after a save from UMass goalkeeper Jorge Becerra.

The game got off to a slow start, as neither team got a shot off until the 13th minute. UMass opened the scoring in the 20th minute, as Alex DeSantis got his first goal of the season on a rebound that would put the Minutemen up 1-0.

VCU outshot UMass by a 19-3 margin, holding them without a shot in the second half and in overtime. It was his 6th goal of the season, making him the team’s second-leading scorer.

I’m extremely proud of the boys. Sometimes soccer can be a cruel game. The first 89 minutes was a snap shot of our season up until this point,” said head coach Dave Giffard.

“It was one-way traffic creating one opportunity after another and the other team battling and holding on without us breaking through. I was proud of the boys for continuing to battle and create chance after chance and finally we got the first one and then there was never a doubt we would get the 2nd,” he added.

With the stunning overtime victory, the Rams move on to the tournament semifinals on Friday. They will play the 8th-seeded Dayton Flyers at 5 pm.

As always, stay tuned to Rams Review for more coverage of men’s soccer!

Written by Mikhaila Freas
Edited by Gabe Hauari

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