Men's Soccer Drops Season Opener at DC Cup, 3-0
American Scores Three First-Half Goals in Loss
Aug. 29, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington struggled in the sweltering heat versus cross-town rival American in the opening match of the DC Cup at Georgetown, falling 3-0 in their first action of the season and a rematch of the Colonials final game of the 2002 season, an NCAA First Round clash that the Eagles won, 1-0.
The Colonials (0-1) fell behind in the 14th minute as the Eagles (1-0) pressured early when Andre Herman netted a shot that was nearly saved by defenseman Benjamin Mortimer, who blocked the attempt with a outstanding sliding effort, but the ball rolled over the line off the ensuing bounce.
Herman would add to the Eagles' lead in the 28th minute, when AU's Salvatore Caccavale laced a pass to him in the box, which the junior forward then sliced past the GW's keeper Eric Lund.
AU's final score of the match occurred in the 39th minute of the first half, when freshman Nathan Baker netted his first career goal off a pass from Shawn Kukendall at the top of the box, sending a rocket into the top left corner past the reach of Lund.
The Colonials kept the pressure on in the second half despite the oppressive humidity, as the Eagles seemed content to sit back on the defensive end. GW could not covert on the offensive end, and eventually fell to AU, 3-0.
GW received strong play from senior Fabio Andrade who barely missed on an attempt in the 18th minute of the first half, as his shot flew wide. Sophomore Frank Ambrosio showed flashes on attack and senior Jeremy Catlin's second half attempt from the top of the box was just a bit too high.
The Colonials face Howard in their second match of the DC College Cup on Sunday, August 31st in a 12:00 p.m. match.