GW Men's Soccer Falls to VMI, 3-1
LEXINGTON, Va. - Host VMI scored twice in the first seven minutes, which proved too much for the George Washington men's soccer team to overcome, as the Colonials fell to the Keydets, 3-1, on Friday afternoon at Patchin Field on the first day of the Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament.
VMI (1-2-0) got on the scoreboard just 4:09 into the match, when Hunter Morgan dribbled deep into the box and sent a high cross to Kyle Farmer, who buried the ball in the net for a quick 1-0 lead.
Just over three minutes later, VMI's David Rochow's long cross found Kyle Forche, and Forche was able to head the ball past GW redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe to put the hosts up 2-0.
The Colonials (2-2-0) got in on the flurry of early offense in the 10th minute, as sophomore Andri Alexandersson converted a feed from classmate Joe Holleran to slice their deficit in half. It was Alexandersson's first goal as a member of the Buff and Blue after transferring to GW from Florida International, while Holleran recorded his third assist of the season.
The score remained 2-1 until the 32nd minute, when VMI's Andrew Starnes tallied an insurance goal, collecting a ball that had rebounded off a GW defender and putting it in the net for a 3-1 lead.
GW had another good opportunity in the 39th minute, but VMI keeper Daniel Kitchen made a sprawling save on senior Seth Rudolph's header to preserve the 3-1 advantage at halftime.
After the teams combined for four goals in the first half, the second stanza was all about defense, as the Keydets limited the Colonials to just three shots in the final 45 minutes, while van der Merwe stopped all five attempts that came his way in the period.
In all, van der Merwe recorded a career-high six saves in the game, while Kitchen set aside three shots.
VMI outshot GW, 15-9, for the game, including 8-3 in the second half. Rudolph led the Colonials with a game-high four shots. GW held a 9-8 edge in corner kicks, taking seven in the opening period.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they face Liberty at 12:30 p.m. on the second day of the Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament.