Men's Soccer Battles Delaware to Scoreless Draw
Sept. 9, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington junior goalkeeper Greg Yahr made five saves to help the Colonials' men's soccer team to a scoreless draw against Delaware at Mount Vernon Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
GW (1-2-1) out-shot the Fightin' Blue Hens, 19-12, but failed to score for the second consecutive match. Yahr made three second-half saves and recorded another in the first 10-minute overtime period to earn his second career clean sheet.
The Colonials had several golden opportunities to score in the first half. Junior Abimbola Pedro's header from 14 yards away in the sixth minute hit the crossbar and sailed harmlessly out-of-bounds. Junior Thomas Stuber came out of a scramble in front of the Delaware net, but poked a shot just wide in the 38th minute. Fightin' Blue Hens goalkeeper Taylor Thames pushed freshman Kyle Albrecht's 18-yard strike over the crossbar at the 38:00 mark. On the ensuing corner kick, rookie Mike Briscoe narrowly missed on a header, sending it inches high.
Delaware (2-0-1) had an excellent chance of its own just over four minutes into the second half when Matt Laudeman broke free in the box, but Yahr made a diving stop to keep the match deadlocked. GW survived a scare with 35 seconds remaining as UD's Michael Zoellner found himself alone in the box, but Yahr charged and redirected the shot off the post. The ball redirected into the middle of the box to a waiting Blue Hens player, but the GW defense recovered and was able to deflect the ball out-of-play.
The best chance for GW occurred in the first overtime session, when Pedro chased down a long service and drew Thames away from the net. Pedro played the ball to freshman Erick Perez-Segnini, who beat a defender and fired a bending shot toward an empty goal, but UD defender Matt Haney headed the ball off the goal-line to preserve the scoreless tie.
"We played with a lot more intensity, discipline and enthusiasm than we did on Wednesday [at Longwood]," said GW head coach George Lidster. "We need to score goals to take the pressure off the team. Once we score, we'll be able to relax and pass the ball more effectively."
Thames finished the match with five saves for Delaware.
Pedro posted a team-high five shots, while Briscoe added four for the Colonials.
GW will host American in the second game of its four-match home stand at Mount Vernon Athletics Complex on Wednesday, September 13. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.