Rams Use 2-1 Win to Leapfrog VCU in A-10 Standings, Move into Tie for First Place

Photo Credit: Bill Barrett
Photo Credit: Bill Barrett

RHODE ISLAND (9-3-2, 5-1-0)
Starters:
Schmidt (GK), Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Zarokostas, Kolakofsky, Tamburini, Drayer, Booth, Maddox, Akselsen
Substitutes: Read, Trcka, Gesmundo, Kawale

VCU (5-6-1, 4-1-0)
Starters:
Sequeira (GK), Shimazaki, Edvardsen, Sewell, Fitch, Biyombo, Mane, Munts, Greene, Robinson, Graham
Substitutes: Brown, Ngoh

Scoring Summary
63:54 - URI - Zarokostas (Akselsen)
84:28 - URI - Tamburini (Akselsen, Zarokostas)
86:54 - VCU - Robinson (unassisted)

How it Happened
Rhode Island pushed its win streak to five in a row by knocking off VCU 2-1 Saturday night at the URI Soccer Complex. VCU had entered the game as one of two teams still undefeated in Atlantic 10 play.

After a scoreless first half, Rhody struck in the 64th minute when Stavros Zarokostas drilled in a header off a setup from Edvin Akselsen. Akselsen had taken the ball down the right flank and whipped a service through the box, finding Zarokostas at the back post for the 1-0 lead.

Zarokostas and Akselsen connected again in the 85th minute as both players assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal by Filippo Tamburini, who slipped a shot past VCU's Mario Sequeira.

Oquin Robinson put the visiting Rams on the board in the 87th minute when he tucked a free kick inside the right post from 25 yards out, but that was as close as things would get as Rhody held on for the 2-1 win.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Rams are now 9-1-1 over their last 11 games.
  • The win, coupled with a Saint Louis loss to Dayton, puts Rhody in a tie with Saint Louis for first place in the A-10.
  • Senior Stavros Zarokostas recorded a goal and an assist in the win. He now has 69 career points (26g/17a) in 67 games played.
  • Redshirt sophomore Edvin Akselsen picked up his Atlantic 10-leading ninth and 10th assists of the season. For his career, he now has 10 goals and 16 assists (36 points).
  • Junior Filippo Tamburini netted his team-leading sixth goal of the season. He has now scored goals in six of Rhody's last 10 games.
  • Rhode Island outshot VCU 12-7 but the visiting Rams had the advantage in corner kicks at 3-2.

Up Next
Rhode Island returns to action at UMass on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is set for 2 p.m.