BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 20-ranked VCU Men's Soccer Team suffered a 1-0 loss to Gardner-Webb University at the Soccer for a Cure Tournament hosted by UAB.
The Black & Gold have now lost three-straight contests, sending its record to 5-3. Gardner-Webb improves to 3-2-1 on the year.
"This was about as disappointing of a weekend tournament as I have ever had," said Dave Giffard. "In all levels of this game, you have to take your chances to get results; we didn't do that this weekend and we didn't have the urgency that is needed to create enough chances to guarantee that we score the goals we needed. Because we control so much of the game through possession, we have to understand that other teams are just trying to disrupt us and play for counters and restarts. We have to be more on edge in those moments to not give other teams chances to and we have to be more purposeful and dangerous with our possession to create more chances."
The Rams fell behind in the 39th minute of play off of a Gardner-Webb corner kick. Gardner-Webb's Marius Hammersmark played a short pass from the corner kick spot towards teammate John Sargent, which Sargent collected and from 25-yards out and fired a shot into the VCU goal.
Despite giving up the goal in the first half of play, the Rams outshot the Bulldogs 8-4 in the first frame.
The Rams continued to press for a goal in the second half, but were unable to come away with the game-tying goal to force overtime.
VCU finished the game with 17 shots, compared to 11 for the Bulldogs. The Black & Gold held a 5-3 corner kicks advantage in the contest.
VCU senior goalkeeper Josh Pantazelos finished with two saves in 90 minutes of action for the Rams. The Bulldogs received a stalwart performance from goalkeeper Scott Krotee, who came away with four saves.
The Rams are set to open up Colonial Athletic Association play this Saturday at Northeastern. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
"Now we have to turn attention to a very good Northeastern team and the start of CAA play on Saturday," added Giffard. "At this point in our program's development the conference is the key path to our success and we have a lot to improve upon between now and then. I believe in this team and in what we are capable of doing; we just need to continue to fight and believe in ourselves through adversity."