GW Men's Soccer Edged by CAA Favorite Old Dominion, 1-0
Aug. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team kept Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) preseason favorite Old Dominion scoreless for more than 70 minutes, but Monarchs midfielder Chris Harmon broke through with a goal in the 72nd minute to deal the Colonials a 1-0 loss in an exhibition match Sunday at Mount Vernon Field.
Though only an exhibition, Sunday's match held particular importance for GW head coach George Lidster, whose son Daniel is a senior forward for ODU. The elder Lidster announced his retirement effective the end of the 2011 season, his 24th as head coach at GW, earlier this week. The younger Lidster was in the starting lineup and played 21 minutes up top for the Monarchs.
Harmon netted the game's lone goal at 71:14 thanks to an assist from Gideon Asante. Harmon fired an initial 18-yard shot at GW junior goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar, who was forced to reaction punch the attempt away. The rebound fell wide right to Asante, who drilled a low cross to a repositioned Harmon on the back post for a one-time shot into net.
GW junior forward and Preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection Seth Rudolph produced the best scoring chances for the Colonials. In the 14th minute, freshman Joe Holleran found Rudolph with a cross into the box, but Rudolph's diving header was tipped wide by ODU goalkeeper Victor Francoz. With three minutes remaining, Rudolph headed in a service from senior defender Brice Carr, but the referee whistled Rudolph for pushing off and the goal was disallowed.
ODU, which returned many of its players from last year's NCAA Tournament
second-round team, nearly took the lead in the 11th minute on Alex Vaughan's
left-footed strike from 20 yards, but the attempt clanged off the right post
and was cleared away.
Almodovar played the final 45 minutes and made three saves, including a brilliant kick save on Tim Hopkinson's back-post header in the 66th minute. Classmate Brendan Lafferty started the match and was forced to make one save in 45 minutes of action.
Though outshot 15-4, GW held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
GW, which has now split two exhibition matches, completes its preseason exhibition schedule this Thursday against 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament qualifier Catholic University at Mount Vernon Field at 5:00 pm.