TOWSON, Md. – Senior C.J. Gehin-Scott scored in the 19th minute and the Virginia Commonwealth University defense posted its league-high tying eighth shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory against Towson Sunday afternoon at the Towson Center Soccer Complex.
With the victory, VCU (7-3-6) moves into sole possession of second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 4-1-4 mark in conference action. Meanwhile, Towson falls to 8-6-2 and 2-6-2 in league play.
The VCU defense has allowed a league-best 10 goals all year with just five in nine CAA matches.
"Although I didn't feel as though today was our sharpest performance by any means, I was proud of the guys for coming away with a very hard fought 1-0 result on the road against a very good Towson team," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "This time of year more than any other, the teams that will continue to play another day are the ones who can find ways to grind out 1-0 results. Next we turn our attention to a very talented JMU team on Wednesday."
Towson, which held a 7-3 advantage in shots and a 4-1 margin in corners in the opening period, fired three of the first four shots of the match before Gehin-Scott took a feed from sophomore Alberto Fonseca and put the Rams on top 1-0 in the 19th minute. It was Gehin-Scott's team-leading seventh goal of the season and fourth game-winning strike.
Less than two minutes later, VCU goalkeeper Josh Pantazelos (pictured, above) made a save off the foot of Towson's Marco Mangione before Tigers' goalie Angel Viteritti returned the favor on a shot by senior Jake Van Yahres at the 22:34 mark.
Despite its one-goal deficit, Towson held VCU without a shot over the final 21 minutes of the first half. However, the Rams were able to take advantage of their opportunities as two of their first three strikes were on frame.
Pantazelos made another save on an offering by Mangione in the 54th minute before VCU was on the attack twice within a seven-minute stretch. Van Yahres in the 74th minute and Gehin-Scott at the 78:27 mark each had looks but Viteritti made saves on both Black & Gold threats.
Joe O'Rourke tried to put Towson on the board with less than eight minutes to go and again with 2:12 showing but Pantazelos came up with stops to preserve his third shutout in the last four games.
Towson outshot VCU 15-10, while the Rams held a narrow 7-6 advantage in corners.
VCU remains on the road for its final two regular season matches. The Rams travel to James Madison on Nov. 3 for a 7 p.m. contest against the Dukes before concluding the schedule at Delaware on Nov. 7.