Khan's Blast Lifts GW Men's Soccer to 1-0 Win Over Lehigh in Preseason Opener
Almodovar Records Five Saves in First Half
Aug. 16, 2012
WASHINGTON - Sophomore Farhan Khan found the back of the net from 30 yards out with six minutes left in the first half and the Colonial defense did the rest, as the George Washington men's soccer team defeated Lehigh, 1-0, in its exhibition opener on Thursday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The Mountain Hawks dominated possession early, taking the first six shots of the game before GW got its first good opportunity, when senior Seth Rudolph got off a shot from the right side that Lehigh goalie Ciaran Nugent deflected off the crossbar.
In the 40th minute, Khan settled a volley that had bounced off a defender, dribbled five yards in the middle of the field and fired from 30 yards out into the top left corner of the net past a diving Nugent to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead, which they took into halftime.
"He picked the ball up, stepped in and won it, and then without a thought he hit a great shot," said first-year head coach Craig Jones. "It was a great goal. We know Farhan can do that, we've seen it in practice, so it was good that he got one of those to hit the back of the net in a game."
The last time Khan scored a goal was in the 108th minute of the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals against La Salle, lifting the Colonials to a 2-1 double-overtime victory to advance to the title match.
Both teams managed five shots in an evenly played second half, but none found the back of the net. Khan again had the best chance for either team in the period, as his blast from 35 yards out on the left side hit the crossbar.
Senior Alejandro Almodovar made five saves in the first half, while sophomore Luke Farrell stopped two shots in the second period. The Mountain Hawks outshot the Colonials, 14-8, for the game, including 9-3 in the opening stanza.
GW concludes its preseason on Saturday with an exhibition at 23rd-ranked Old Dominion. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.