Rudolph's Trio Not Enough as Men's Soccer Falls at The Mount, 4-3
Sophomore Striker Nets Hat Trick; Colonials Prep for #8 Duke
Sept. 11, 2010
EMMITSBURG, MD - George Washington sophomore forward Seth Rudolph recorded a hat trick, including a pair of early second-half strikes to even the match at 3-3, but Mount St. Mary's Koudzo Komlan netted the game-winning goal in the 61st minute as the Colonials fell to the host Mountaineers, 4-3, Saturday afternoon.
GW (1-3-0) now shifts focus to the most difficult challenge of its non-conference slate - a Tuesday night showdown at Duke, which is currently ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Top 25 and No. 7 in Soccer America's poll. The match kicks off at 7:00 pm in Durham, NC.
Rudolph gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute after intercepting a poor back pass to Mount goalkeeper Chris Davis.
GW's lead stood for nearly 10 minutes until Mount St. Mary's (2-2-0) exploded for three goals, sparked by four points from Eric Detzel, in a span of 3:04.
Detzel found Chris Wheeler for an equalizer in the 32nd minute, then beat GW junior goalkeeper Jake Davis with a 25-yard strike in the 33rd for a 2-1 lead, and lastly picked out Will Thomas with a corner kick in the 35th for a 3-1 advantage.
That margin remained until three minutes into the second half when Rudolph again interrupted a back pass and beat Davis to trim the margin to a goal. The Colonials were awarded a free kick in the 55th minute and junior defender Brice Carr targeted Rudolph, who steered the ball into net to complete his hat trick and knot the contest at 3-3.
However, the Mount responded shortly after GW's goal as Komlan, who was stymied by Davis with a diving save just moments earlier, flicked a long-ball service over the Colonials' keeper for the deciding tally at 60:57.
There would be only three more shots - all for the Mount - over the final 30 minutes as GW lost for the first time in the six-game all-time series. The Mountaineers held a 23-6 edge in shots, 13-4 margin in shots on target, and 10-2 lead in corners.
Jake Davis made nine saves, the most for a Colonials' goalkeeper since Matt Scheer's 10 stops against George Mason in August 2008. Chris Davis was forced to make one save in getting the win for the Mount.