Men's Soccer Can't Complete Comeback in NYC

Dylan Lightbourn scored GW's goal on Friday.
Sept. 1, 2017

Final Stats

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Dylan Lightbourn scored his first goal of the season, but George Washington men's soccer came up short in a 3-1 loss to St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday night at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Colonials (1-2) pulled within a goal in the 82nd minute on Lightbourn's tally and pushed for more but couldn't produce the equalizer. St. Francis Brooklyn (2-1) put it away with a 90th-minute goal.

Sami Gliguem recorded the first two goals for the Terriers, scoring them four minutes apart late in the opening half. The reserve midfielder also assisted Ali Tounkara's game-clinching score.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • 40th Minute -- The Terriers broke through thanks to a great strike from Gliguem. The junior midfielder ran on to a loose ball near the top of the 18-yard box and deposited a low drive inside the right post. (St. Francis Brooklyn 1, GW 0)
  • 44th Minute -- Gliguem padded the lead, this time heading in a corner kick from Kieran Young. He maneuvered into position to receive a short kick and deftly redirected it inside the near post at a tough angle. (St. Francis Brooklyn 2, GW 0)
  • 82nd Minute -- Lightbourn halved the deficit with 8 minutes, 34 seconds left in regulation. Christian Lawal pushed the ball deep into the 18-yard box, setting up Lightbourn's half volley from about 8 yards out. (St. Francis Brooklyn 2, GW 1)
  • 90th Minute -- George Washington pushed everyone, including goalkeeper Thor Arne Höfs, up toward the opposite net on a free kick in the final minute, but the Terriers managed to clear it away. With a defender bearing down, Gliguem was able to play a long ball to Tounkara, who put it into the empty net. (St. Francis Brooklyn 3, GW 1)

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    NOTEWORTHY:

  • GW kept the pressure on in the closing minutes. The Colonials' best chance at tying it came in the 86th minute when Lightbourn flicked a try on goal and St. Francis Brooklyn goalkeeper Roberto Bazzichetto tipped it off the crossbar and out of play.
  • Höfs gave GW a chance to come back with his five saves. His best stop came in the 63rd minute when he dove to his right to deny a free kick from St. Francis Brooklyn's Collins Laokandi.
  • It was the fifth career goal for Lightbourn, who was GW's leading returning scorer from 2016. He also scored last season against St. Francis Brooklyn.
  • St. Francis Brooklyn outshot GW, 11-2, for the game. The Colonials, however, earned four corner kicks to two for the Terriers.

    WATCH THIS: Head Coach Craig Jones discusses Friday's loss.

    UP NEXT: The Colonials make their season debut at GW Soccer Field on Tuesday. They're set to meet Colonial Athletic Association favorite William & Mary at 2 p.m.

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