Stadler Nets Pair to Lead Men's Soccer Past Longwood, 4-0
Sept. 16, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's soccer team netted four second-half goals, including two from senior Hermann Trophy candidate Andy Stadler, to ease past Longwood, 4-0, at Mount Vernon Field Wednesday afternoon.
With two goals and four points, Stadler continues to climb GW's career scoring lists. He is now tied with Kenny Emson (1985-88) for seventh all-time with 69 points, and tied with Ken Garber (1971-74) for sixth all-time with 28 goals.
Following a scoreless first half, the Colonials struck with a pair of goals just over two minutes apart early in the second period to seize control of the tight match.
Freshman Seth Rudolph broke through with the game-winning goal, the first tally of his collegiate career, in the 53rd minute, benefiting from a superb individual effort by senior Kyle Albrecht. Albrecht dispossessed a Lancers forward in the Colonials' offensive third, then chipped the ball over a defender to Rudolph, who volleyed a shot into the right corner for the go-ahead strike.
Stadler got his first goal in the 55th minute after receiving an accurate long service from senior defender Nikolay Aleksandrov and beating goalkeeper Joel Helmick with a shot to the lower right corner. Aleksandrov linked with Albrecht in GW's defensive half for the dual assist. Albrecht matched a career-high with two assists.
Stadler added his second goal at the 75:00 mark, taking the ball off a defender and again beating Helmick in a one-on-one breakaway.
Redshirt senior Mike Rollings punctuated the victory with a weaving run into the 18-yard box from 40 yards out, depositing a low shot under Helmick in the 84th minute.
Freshman goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty was forced to make just one save on 12 shots faced to post his second career shutout. Lafferty preserved the clean sheet with a diving save on a close range blast from Longwood's Martin Vickerton in the 41st minute. Vickerton freed himself in the box and fired a quick shot from 12 yards only to have Lafferty make a reaction stop to his right.
The Colonials backline of Aleksandrov, senior Byron Walker, junior Kory Trott and sophomore Brice Carr were solid in allowing only one Lancers' shot to reach target.
The Colonials fired 14 shots, including seven on target, and forced Helmick into making three saves. GW evened the all-time series with Longwood (1-3-1) at 2-2-0.
GW (3-2-0) now prepares for its second nationally ranked opponent in three matches when it travels to No. 20/25 Virginia Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:00 pm.