INDIANAPOLIS - A bizarre goal on a corner kick was the day's only score as VCU beat the Butler men's soccer team 1-0 on Sunday. The Rams' Dennis Castillo pushed the ball through the net for the game-winner at 86:14.
Nobody was exactly sure how the goal went in. One Butler defender thought perhaps the ball was touched and deflected off of Castillo's face and into the net. Mario Herrera Meraz was credited with an assist on the play.
"To be fair, they were getting a lot of corners, and it was tough to deal with. But we had been dealing with it great," head coach Paul Snape said. "On that last one, it went into an area and someone got a touch and it went through. It's tough because the boys were defending set pieces well all game."
Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson made six saves and nearly posted a shutout against one of the A-10's most explosive offensive teams.
"Jon was in control," Snape said. "When they were shooting, he wasn't fumbling anything. He looked like he was having a good game."
The Rams managed advantages in shots (13-7) and corner kicks (12-0). VCU goalkeeper Andrew Wells made one save in the shutout effort.
The Bulldogs (3-5-4, 1-3-0) will play at Indiana Tuesday, Oct. 16. Butler is at Temple and St. Joseph's next weekend.