VCU topples No. 6 Georgetown with Jose Manel’s overtime winner


WASHINGTON — With under a minute left to play in the first overtime, senior Jose Manel took a feed from junior Devon Fisher and netted the golden goal in VCU’s 2-1 at No. 6 Georgetown on Thursday afternoon. Fisher had scored earlier in the game to even the score at 1-1 and send the game into overtime where Manel unleashed his heroics.

It was the highest-ranked opponent defeated by the Rams since 2011, when VCU took down No. 6 Georgetown on the road.

“It is a huge win away over Georgetown,” Manel said. “Our team kept believing and working hard no matter the circumstances, like the heat or that first goal, and we finally got the win in the overtime. We saw a lot of good things today that helped us win, but we have a lot of things we need to work on, too. I’m glad I got to score the game winning goal and help the team win, these guys worked so hard today and they all deserved it.”

After a scoreless first half, Georgetown’s Brandon Allen scored in the 49th minute to put the Hoyas up 1-0. VCU would score its first equalizing goal of the season late in the second half on Fisher’s second goal of the season. With the game on the line, VCU’s Manel scored the game-winning goal to give the Rams their third win of the season.

“Today was obviously a great result for us,” head coach Dave Giffard said. “Although we played very poorly, we stayed in the game, kept battling and got the win in OT. Sometimes when we aren’t at our best, we are more dangerous than when we play well. Today, we’ll take a tough ugly win.”

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