BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Virginia Commonwealth University scored three second half goals to defeat Campbell University, 4-1, Saturday night at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
With the victory, VCU improves to 3-1-1 during its spring schedule.
The Rams controlled the majority of the first half but Campbell countered with its lone goal before the break and the two teams battled to a 1-1 halftime draw. VCU then scored three unanswered goals in the second half to secure the win.
Freshman Jason Johnson scored a pair of goals to pace the Rams' offensive attack. Sophomore Yoram Mwila, who tallied the game-winner, and freshman Nate Shiffman also found the net. Rookie Juan Monge Solano added a pair of assists for VCU, while Shiffman helped on Johnson's first-half goal.
"As we continue to improve in all aspects and we become more and more dominant in our possession, we have to get accustomed to staying on edge and not becoming too relaxed," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "The first 20 minutes of the game we had almost all of the possession, got a goal, and as a result, became very casual. Campbell punched us in the nose and scored a great goal on the break and could have easily had another one.
"I thought our kids responded well in the second half and played a more dominant second 45 [minutes]. As a result we scored three goals and could have had a few more. We made gains tonight as a group and we're looking forward to getting back to training this week."
VCU returns to Sports Backers Stadium on April 2 for a 6 p.m. match against in-state foe Virginia Tech. The Rams then conclude their spring schedule at West Virginia on April 17.