RICHMOND, Va. – Senior C.J. Gehin-Scott (pictured, right) scored in the 37th minute and freshman Jason Johnson added an insurance goal late as Virginia Commonwealth University posted its seventh shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory against Drexel on Saturday evening at Sports Backers Stadium.
With the victory, VCU improves to 6-2-6 overall with a 3-1-4 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. Meanwhile, Drexel falls to 7-7-1, 3-5-0 in league action.
"Tonight was a very strong team effort against a very good Drexel team," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "I thought we attacked very well throughout the night and worked very hard defensively. We made individual plays when they were needed and earned a hard fought three points. Now the attention turns to UNC on Tuesday and a chance to play against one of the most talented and well coached teams in all of college soccer."
Drexel was on the attack early as VCU goalkeeper Josh Pantazelos, who posted his second straight shutout, made a save off the foot of Anthony Bafile just 30 seconds into the match.
VCU pressured in the 15th minute when sophomore Yoram Mwila fired back-to-back shots. His first attempt was blocked but he grabbed his own rebound and fired it back, however Drexel goalie Pentti Pussinen made the stop. Four minutes later, senior Jake Van Yahres nearly put the Rams on top as he lifted a shot from the left wing into the box but it hit the cross bar.
Pantazelos came up with another save in the 25th minute when he made a stop after a one-on-one in front of the net with Malcolm LeBourne. He then made his third stop of the night on a long strike by Nathan Page at the 28:01 mark.
Gehin-Scott eventually broke the scoreless tie in the 37th minute when he lifted a deflection over Pussinen's head and VCU took a 1-0 lead. It was Gehin-Scott's sixth goal of the season.
In the 56th minute, Drexel's Manuel Cazares fired a low shot from outside the 18' but Pantazelos was there for his fourth save. Ten minutes later, VCU senior Luscas Paulini blasted a 20-yard strike but it hit the crossbar for the second time in the game.
The Rams continued to pressure and Johnson (pictured, right) added an insurance goal in the 89th minute. Van Yahres sent a pass through the middle of the box and Johnson slipped his fourth goal of the season into the lower left of the net and VCU went ahead 2-0.
Pantazelos finished the night with four saves in the net, while Pussinen made five stops for the Dragons.
The Rams held a commanding 20-8 advantage in shots and a 5-4 margin in corner kicks.
VCU hosts Atlantic Coast Conference power University of North Carolina in its home finale on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., at Sports Backers Stadium. The Rams then close out the regular season with three-straight road matches.