Men's Soccer Falls to Howard at D.C. Cup, 2-1
Aug. 31, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Washington and Howard clashed in the second day of matches at the 3rd annual D.C. Cup, with the Colonials falling 2-1, despite out-shooting the Bison 20-9 for the game.
The Colonials (0-2) pressured the Bison (1-1) early, making multiple runs at HU's defense. However GW couldn't convert on a flurry of excellent chances in the box, as the Bison keeper and defense denied the Colonials.
In the 12th minute HU's Kwesi Graham converted a long shot that GW's goalkeeper, senior Eric Lund, couldn't corral as the 35 yard attempt slipped through his gloves and into the goal, giving the Bison the 1-0 lead.
GW would answer in the 21st minute when senior forward Fabio Andrade intercepted an ill-advised pass back to HU's keeper, and beat the goalie to the to score the Colonials' first goal of the season, and knotting the match at 1-1. The two teams would remain tied at the half with GW holding a 10-4 shot advantage at the break.
The Colonials and Bison battled to a stalemate in the early second half with neither team gaining the advantage. Despite numerous runs at HU's goal, GW was unable to score in the 58th minute when Andrade received a pass in the box from sophomore midfielder Frank Ambrosio, but sent the shot wide.
Howard would strike just three minutes later, as Nasir Wade broke through GW's defense on a pass from teammate Jason Gross, putting a rocket past Lund from 20 yards out, and giving the Bison a 2-1 lead.
GW peppered HU's goal, attempting 20 shots for the match, with seven on goal including a fantastic attempt by freshman Jeremiah Burke who received a pass from sophomore Trevor Martin in the box, which he attempted a bicycle kick at point-blank range from 10 yards out, but Bison keeper Jason Williams made one of his six saves on the game to deny the Colonials the tying score.
The Colonials made run after run at the Bison but were unable to convert as two more attempts in the closing minutes could not find the back of the net.
GW hosts Radford on Saturday, September 6, in their home-opener at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex in a 1:00 p.m. match.