Oct. 9, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Two second half goals over an 18-minute span by the visiting George Washington University men's soccer team were the difference on Tuesday as the Colonials topped the Georgetown Hoyas, 2-0 at North Kehoe Field. The Colonials snapped a two-game losing streak to the Hoyas. The Blue and Gray falls to 3-8 on the year.
George Washington (6-4) got on the board in the 55th minute. Sophomore George Garcia scored his first goal of the season after Andy Stadler intercepted a pass near midfield and one-touched the ball to Garcia. Garcia ripped a high arching shot to the upper left corner of the goal.
Senior forward Abimbola Pedro upped the Colonial lead to 2-0 in the 73rd minute with his fourth goal of the season. Sophomore Erick Perez-Segnini played a beautiful through ball to Pedro who was two steps ahead of his defender.
Georgetown freshman Matthew Brutto, starting in his fourth game of the season, made two saves in the defeat.
Hoya freshman Chandler Diggs had a great chance 10 minutes into the contest but GW keeper Matt Scheer came off his line to make a great save, smothering the ball near the corner of the six yard box.
At the 29 minute mark of the first half, sophomore Scott Larrabee lofted a left-footed cross that ended up sailing over the corner of the crossbar.
GU senior captain Mike Glaccum placed a through ball to Diggs at the 26:27 mark and again Scheer had to come off his line, this time diving to his left to thwart Diggs's chance.
GW provided a scare less than nine mutes later. Stadler was in the center of the penalty box and headed a bouncing ball towards that Hoya net that Brutto had to make a diving save on.
Five minutes into the second half, Diggs got a piece of a shot that hit the post after freshman Seth C'deBaca chipped a cross to the near post.
Moments later, Larrabee hit a corner kick to the near post. The ball slipped through traffic but was bouncing. Glaccum headed the bouncing ball towards the middle of the net but Scher had to make a kick save to keep the game scoreless.
George Washington won for just the second time in the last eight meetings between the schools and GW posted its first shutout since 1990.
"I think it is the first time all season where I didn't feel good about the game," said head coach Brian Wiese. "We started well for the first 15 or 20 minutes but GW battled and put their stamp on the rest of the game.
"We had some point blank opportunities, we hit a post," said Wiese. "But at some point, we're going to have to convert those chances. Good teams will make us pay and GW is a good team.
"We looked young and took a step back today," Wiese added. "We've worked so hard in training on scoring and I think our back four didn't play that well. We have to tidy up back there heading to the weekend (Saturday at West Virginia)."
The Hoyas travel to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on the WVU Mountaineers on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m.