GW Men's Soccer Outshoots, Falls to Coastal Carolina, 2-0
Colonials Lose Opener of Chanticleers' Tournament Despite Shot Advantage
Sept. 9, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. - Despite holding a 12-8 shot advantage for the match, the George Washington men's soccer team allowed a goal in each half and couldn't convert on offense in a 2-0 loss at Coastal Carolina in the Chanticleers' Invitational at CCU Soccer Field Friday evening.
Justin Portillo converted a penalty kick in the 38th minute and Ricky Garbanzo tallied an insurance goal in the 67th to lead Coastal Carolina to its third consecutive victory, both overall and in the series against GW. The Chanticleers' three-match win streak includes a 10-1 romp over GW's Atlantic 10 rival Richmond.
Junior Alejandro Almodovar made his first start for the Buff and Blue and totaled three saves in 90 minutes of action. However, he was unable to stop Portillo's spot attempt at the 37:42 mark in the first half and allowed Garbanzo's two-touch dribble and shot in after Henrik Robstad's through pass with 23:16 remaining.
The Chanticleers gained control at kickoff and outshot the Colonials, 5-0, before Portillo's game-winning penalty. However, GW came to control the remainder of the match, closing the first half with four shots and holding an 8-3 edge in shots over the final 45 minutes.
The Colonials fall to 0-2-1 on the season, while the defending Big South Conference champion Chanticleers improve to 3-1-0.
GW will battle USC Upstate on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. to complete its play at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The Spartans dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 16 VCU at CCU Soccer Field earlier Friday.