No. 11/6 Duke's Quick Strikes Send Men's Soccer to 4-0 Loss
Sept. 14, 2010
DURHAM, NC - The George Washington men's soccer team held nationally ranked No. 11/6 Duke scoreless in the first half, but the Blue Devils netted four goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period and defeated the Colonials, 4-0, at Koskinen Stadium Tuesday evening.
GW (1-4-0) faced its first ranked opponent of the season in Duke, which dropped three spots to No. 11 in Tuesday's NSCAA Coaches' Top 25 yet improved a spot to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll. The Colonials entered the match 0-2-0 all-time against the Blue Devils, having lost previous matches in 1992 and 2002.
Despite being just the third all-time meeting between the programs, the contest featured familiarity in the coaching matchup between GW's George Lidster and Duke's John Kerr. The coaches were teammates on the Washington Stars franchise of the now defunct American Soccer League (ASL) and American Professional Soccer League (APSL) in the late 1980's.
Lidster and the Colonials' defense - paced by the steady play of freshman back Alex Sandland - frustrated Kerr's Blue Devils during the opening 45 minutes.
GW was outshot 11-0 in the first half, but was able to absorb Duke's attack. Junior goalkeeper Jake Davis made two saves and was quick off his line to disrupt several Blue Devils' chances.
Duke (2-0-2) stepped up its attack to begin the second half and broke through with four quick goals less than 10 minutes into the period. Blue Devils' sophomore forward Ryan Finley recorded a flawless hat trick - three consecutive goals in one period - with a pair of goals in the 49th minute and another in the 52nd, followed by a Matthew Thomas goal in the 55th.
The Colonials finished with two shots, their best opportunity coming in the 75th minute as sophomore Seth Rudolph out-jumped one defender, then outran another into the 18-yard box, but his shot across goal rolled just wide.
Davis finished with seven saves on the Blue Devils' 24 shots, including a pair of stops over the final eight minutes on Jan Trnka-Amrhein shots headed toward net.
GW makes its first appearance of the season at Mount Vernon Field Friday against Coastal Carolina at 4:00 pm.