Stadler's Hat Trick Leads Men's Soccer to 7-1 Blowout of UDC

Sept. 8, 2009

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WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Hermann Trophy candidate Andy Stadler registered his first career hat trick and sophomore Yoni Berhanu matched a career-high four points with a goal and two assists as the George Washington men's soccer team rolled past the University of the District of Columbia, 7-1, Tuesday evening at Mount Vernon Field.

Stadler's three goals propelled him into a tie for ninth on GW's career points list, equaling Ben Ferry's 65 from 1994-98. Stadler has four goals in the Colonials last two matches to increase his career totals to 26 goals and 65 points.

GW (2-1-0) plays its first true road match this Friday, Sept. 11, at nationally ranked California at 7:00 pm ET. The Golden Bears dropped three spots to 11th in this week's NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Top 25 after splitting its first two matches.

The Colonials applied heavy pressure from the kick off, but didn't break the Firebirds' goal until a third of the way through the first half. Senior Erick Perez-Segnini took the rebound from a hard shot by Berhanu and easily beat UDC goalkeeper Kareem Gray for the matches' first tally in the 16th minute. Less than a minute later, Stadler netted his 11th career game-winning goal when he one-timed Perez-Segnini's near-post cross into the lower right corner.

Freshman Mattia Melillo scored his first collegiate goal in the 23rd minute to make it 3-0 after calming settling a cross from Berhanu and placing a 12-yard, half-volley into the right corner.

UDC (1-3-1) leading scorer Said Nabih got his team's lone tally in the 28th minute by sending a 20-yard blast past rookie goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty into the upper right corner. Stadler answered back in the 40th minute, collecting a clearance near midfield and outracing a defender before sliding a shot underneath a charging Gray for a 4-1 halftime cushion.



Berhanu got into the scoring act to open the second half and give GW a 5-1 advantage. Freshman Seth Rudolph earned his first collegiate point with an assist to Berhanu, who cut across a defender on the left side of the 18-yard box and beating Gray to his right from 12 yards.

Stadler finished his career effort in the 79th minute on another quick cross from the right wing. Junior Marcus Ranney curled a cross to the top of the six-yard box and Stadler one-timed the shot into the open net.

Senior Andrew Kroculick capped the seven-goal outburst, the Colonials highest since an 8-0 victory over Howard last August, with a penalty kick in the 87th minute. Rudolph was fouled on a breakaway by Gray, who received a red card ejection on the play, and Kroculick beat substitute goalkeeper Nersa Looky-Djobo for his first goal of the season.

GW held a commanding 31-5 edge in shots, including a 19-2 advantage in shots on goal. Gray made 12 saves, while Lafferty made the Colonials' lone save in the first half. Redshirt junior Scott Goossens and redshirt sophomore Erik Haug split time in net during the second half and were not forced to make a save.

The Colonials are now 7-0-0 all-time against the Firebirds. The victory was the 180th of head coach George Lidster's 22-year career.

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