Men's Soccer Throttles Howard, Claims DC College Cup for Second Straight Year
Aug. 31, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's soccer team got goals from six different players, including a pair of tallies from junior Andy Stadler and rookie Yoni Berhanu, to cruise past Howard, 8-0, at American's Reeves Field Sunday afternoon. The Colonials captured their second straight DC College Cup title by virtue of George Mason's overtime victory over the host Eagles.
GW (1-0-1) and George Mason (1-0-1) both finished with four points in the event, but the Colonials were declared recipients of the Craig Tartasky Trophy for the second consecutive season based on goal differential. Stadler, who finished the Cup with three goals, was named Most Valuable Player and was joined by Berhanu, freshman defender Brice Carr and redshirt senior goalkeeper Matt Scheer on the All-Tournament Team.
The eight-goal margin of victory and eight goals scored were the most for GW since a 9-1 victory over Howard to begin the 2001 season. The triumph also was the largest shutout victory for the Colonials since a 10-0 win over Rhode Island in October 1990.
Scheer and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Scott Goossens combined for the shutout. Scheer made three saves, including consecutive reaction saves in the 63rd minute, in 82 minutes of action while Goossens made one stop in the final eight minutes in his first collegiate appearance.
GW put the match out-of-reach early with three goals in the opening 15 minutes. Stadler opened the scoring in the ninth minute on an assist from redshirt junior Mike Rollings. Following a poor clearance from Howard's goalkeeper, Rollings headed the ball directly to Stadler, who turned and fired a shot from 12 yards into the lower right corner.
Freshman Brice Carr netted his first collegiate goal just over three minutes later when he slotted a rebound from a poor Howard clearance off senior Dave Leon's free kick.
Rookie Ryan Ruffing's superb individual run led to GW's third goal in the 15th minute, a right-footed, one-time blast by junior Erick Perez-Segnini. Ruffing chested the ball around a defender near midfield, then raced past another defender into the box before sending a cross to Perez-Segnini on the left side.
Stadler capped the first-half scoring with a penalty-kick goal in the 36th minute. Berhanu won a foul just inside the top of the box and Stadler tucked his penalty shot into the lower left corner.
The Colonials continued their onslaught in the second half, netting four goals during the final 45 minutes to complete the one-sided victory. Berhanu scored back-to-back goals to push GW to a 6-0 lead, taking a through ball assist from Rollings in the 58th minute and beating Bekoe from 18 yards away on an assist from junior Mike Briscoe in the 80th minute.
Briscoe got into the scoring act in the 83rd minute when he headed in a header-cross from sophomore Marcus Ranney. Junior Andrew Kroculick punctuated the victory with a dipping 40-yard blast over Bekoe in the 89th minute.
GW outshot Howard (0-2-0), 28-9, including a 16-0 margin in the first half, and held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.
GW (1-0-1) travels to Farmville, VA, to face Longwood Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:00 pm.
2008 DC College Cup Standings
2008 DC College Cup All-Tournament Team