GW Men's Soccer Edged by American, 3-2, in DC Cup Opener

Senior Yoni Berhanu scored an equalizing goal in the 46th minute of GW's 3-2 season-opening loss against American Thursday.

Sept. 1, 2011

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FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior Yoni Berhanu equalized less than a minute into the second half, but American responded with two quick goals and held on late to deal the George Washington men's soccer team a 3-2 loss in the first match of the 11th annual DC College Cup at George Mason Stadium Thursday evening.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Berhanu converted a penalty kick in the 46th minute to knot the score only to have American score in the 62nd and 74th minutes for a 3-1 advantage. Junior Seth Rudolph, the Colonials' leading returning scorer with 10 goals in 2010, pulled GW within a goal in the 80th minute. The Colonials applied pressure over the final 10 minutes, but couldn't muster another equalizer.

GW (0-1-0) will look to rebound Saturday in its DC College Cup finale against Howard. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:00 pm. American (1-1-1) will play host George Mason at 7:30 pm.

American, back-to-back runners-up in the Patriot League, struck first in the 35th minute on a solid three-player connection and eventual goal from Alassane Kane. Jack Scott's back cross from the endline went to Patrick Mehlert, who cleverly passed up a shot and directed the ball to Kane on the corner of the six. Kane turned and one-timed a shot past GW goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty to the lower left corner.

The margin held into halftime, but the Colonials benefited from an AU handball in the box just 48 seconds into the period. Berhanu calmly buried the penalty kick into the lower left corner as Eagles' goalkeeper Matt Makowski committed to the right.

The Eagles regained the lead in the 62nd minute when Tyler Collins hit a low blast from 22 yards. The shot was screened by several players causing Lafferty to react late to his right.

Freshman Farhan Khan nearly equalized with just over 18 minutes to play, but his left-footed strike was tipped just wide of the far post.

AU extended the lead further in the 74th minute with a swift counterattack and another Kane goal via dual assists. Adem Gokturk distributed down the sideline to Colin Siegfried, whose ground cross found Kane for a one-time shot.

GW continued to battle and cut its deficit back to a goal when sophomore Bailey Hinners linked on a long-ball service with Rudolph. Rudolph took the ball in stride, outpaced a defender and cut a shot back across goal past Makowski.

Berhanu had a free-kick opportunity in dangerous position outside the box with two minutes left, but he sailed his service over GW's group of players pushed forward.

The Eagles finished with a slim 17-13 edge in shots and 6-5 margin in shots on goal. Lafferty and Makowski both finished with three saves.



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