ATLANTA, Ga. – Virginia Commonwealth University freshman forward Jason Johnson (pictured, right) scored a pair of goals, the first of his career, and the Rams increased their league-leading unbeaten streak to seven games following a 2-0 win at Georgia State on Wednesday evening.
VCU, which posted its fourth shutout of the season, improves to 4-1-3 overall and 1-0-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. With the loss, Georgia State falls to 4-2-2, 1-1-0 in conference action.
"Tonight was a dominating performance from start to finish," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "I was very proud of the way we displayed patience to keep the ball for long periods of time while we probed looking for chances to get in. We did well to finish off the game tonight with a shutout and it was nice to get Jason Johnson on the board with his first two goals. Now we move on and prepare for Saturday's game against a very good George Mason team."
Johnson scored his first collegiate goal and put VCU on top 1-0 in the 25th minute. The Saint Anne, Jamaica native took a feed from classmate Jose Carlos Castillo, maneuvered past Georgia State goalkeeper Vincent Foermer, and deposited a strike into the lower left of the net.
Sophomore Yoram Mwila nearly gave the Rams, who held a 6-2 advantage in shots during the first half, a two-goal lead in the 36th minute but his strike hit the post.
Mwila would go on to fire two more shots during the first 15 minutes of the second stanza but Foermer again came up with a pair of saves. The Rams, who continued to pressure the Georgia State defense, fired six of the first seven shots of the second half.
Johnson put the game away with less than four minutes to go when he scored his second goal of the night. Senior Jake Van Yahres sent a cross into the box and Johnson's header rattled into the net and the Rams took a 2-0 lead.
After VCU goalkeeper Gabriel Rodriguez registered a save on a shot by Eric Lawrence in the 50th minute, the Rams held off a Georgia State attack the rest of the way and limited the Panthers to just two shots during the final 40 minutes.
VCU held a 15-6 margin in shots and a 7-2 advantage in corners.
The Rams remain on the road Saturday with a 5 p.m. match at George Mason before returning home to Sports Backers Stadium on Oct. 6 against CAA rival Old Dominion at 7 p.m.