GW Men's Soccer Drops Opener to American, 3-1
Sophomore Ross Higgins Scores for Colonials in Second Half
Aug 30, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Washington men's soccer team dropped its season opener, 3-1, to district rival American on Friday evening in the D.C. College Cup at George Mason Stadium.
American led, 1-0, at halftime after scoring late in the opening period, but sophomore Ross Higgins tied the score early in the second half. The Eagles responded, however, with two unanswered goals to defeat the Colonials.
AU took the lead with less than five minutes left in the first half when Colin Seigfried sent a quick pass to Dale Ludwig in the middle of the box, and Ludwig fired a hard shot past GW sophomore goalie Jean-Pierre van der Merwe.
The Colonials had a pair of good chances in the half. In the sixth minute, junior Andri Alexandersson received a free kick in front of the net, but AU goalkeeper Billy Knutsen swatted Alexandersson's header over the crossbar. Then in the 36th minute, freshman Angel Valencia's header got past Knutsen but was headed away by a defender.
The Eagles took the 1-0 lead into the break, but in the 56th minute Higgins received the ball at midfield and carried the ball up the middle. With just Knutsen in front of him, he fired his shot from 15 yards out past the goalie to knot the score at 1-1.
But American regained the lead just over three minutes later as Chris Fanet headed Charlie Hunter's throw-in to Joe Iraola, who hit a hard shot into the back of the net. Then in the 76th minute, Ludwig scored his second goal of the game off a free kick from Hunter to make it 3-1.
Higgins took the Colonials' final shot of the game with just under 11 minutes left, but his low shot was stopped by Knutsen, who finished with three saves. Van der Merwe set aside five AU shots.
The Eagles outshot the Colonials, 15-8, but GW held a 7-5 advantage on corner kicks.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they face district rival Howard at 5 p.m. on the final day of the D.C. College Cup at George Mason Stadium.
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