GW Men's Soccer Falls at Jacksonville, 3-1
Senior Yoni Berhanu Nets Second-Half Penalty for Third Goal of Season
Sept. 23, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The George Washington men's soccer team lost for the first time in three matches, dropping a 3-1 decision at Jacksonville Friday evening. Senior Yoni Berhanu converted a penalty kick in the second half, but the Colonials surrendered three first-half goals to the Dolphins on a rain-soaked Ashley Sports Complex pitch.
The loss sends GW to 2-3-1 on the season after recent victories over USC Upstate (1-0) and Bryant (3-2) had leveled its record. Jacksonville, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, improves to 2-4-1 on the season. The Colonials will face another A-Sun foe - Stetson - at JU's Ashley Sports Complex Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
The Dolphins came out firing on all cylinders and put the match out of reach with a trio of goals in the opening 19:40.
Trey Collins opened the scoring in the sixth minute by finishing a long service from Daniele Campailla. Tyler Williams nodded what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 13th minute following a poor Colonials' clearance of their 18-yard box.
Davide Faga completed the host's scoring in the 20th minute when he converted a penalty kick after GW was whistled for a handball in the box.
Berhanu moved into a tie for the team lead with his third goal of the season and his second penalty conversion of the year in the 62nd minute. Berhanu, sophomore Alex Sandland and freshman Farhan Khan posted two shots on goal each to help the Colonials to a 7-5 edge in shots on target, despite an 18-12 disadvantage in total shots.
Junior goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar made two saves, while his counterpart Johnny Foley made six stops, including five in the second half as GW enjoyed a 9-7 shot advantage in the second half.