GW Men's Soccer Downed by Navy, 3-0
Colonials Visit No. 21 UMBC Next Saturday
Sept. 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - Playing through a steady rain for most of the match, the George Washington men's soccer team fell to Navy, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Navy (2-3-2) took the first eight shots of the game, and the eighth found the back of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. In the 20th minute, Geoff Fries played the ball to Jamie Dubyoski, who fired a shot from 20 yards out. GW sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe got a hand on it, but was unable to make the stop.
Freshman Garrett Heine had GW's best chance in the first half, but his shot off a free kick went just wide in the 42nd minute and the Midshipmen took their 1-0 advantage into the break.
Navy added to its lead at the 66:00 mark when Martin Sanchez served a free kick into the box from 35 yards out to Derek Vogel, who headed it to the right side of the box. Joseph Greenspan then connected with his head to make it 2-0.
The Midshipmen added a third goal in the 78th minute when Patrick Sopko slid a ball through the GW backline to a cutting Alex Evans, who fired on goal from 25 yards out. Van der Merwe came off his line and blocked the shot, but the ball went straight up in the air, came down behind him and then bounced into the goal.
The Colonials (3-4-0) had a couple good chances in the second half as sophomore Eddie Painter forced Navy keeper Gavin Snyder into a diving save in the 73rd minute and sophomore Ross Higgins' shot sailed just over the crossbar in the 87th minute.
Van der Merwe made four saves in the game, while Snyder stopped three shots in 86:54 after relieving an injured Aaron Dupere in the fourth minute. Navy outshot GW, 22-9, and held an 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.
The Colonials return to action next Saturday when they visit No. 21 UMBC for a 7 p.m. kickoff.