Men's Soccer Holds Off NJIT

Brady O'Connor scored the lone goal Saturday on a second-half penalty kick.
Sept. 23, 2017

Final Stats


WASHINGTON - Brady O'Connor's penalty kick goal in the 52nd minute powered George Washington men's soccer to a 1-0 win over NJIT on Saturday afternoon at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The game stayed scoreless into the second half when O'Connor was fouled in the box. The freshman from Baltimore stepped up and nailed the ensuing penalty kick for the lone goal the Colonials (3-4-1) needed to beat the Highlanders (6-2-2).

GW's Thor Arne Höfs made six of his seven saves after halftime to record his second shutout of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • 52nd Minute -- The Colonials had a great scoring chance in progress when O'Connor was pulled down from behind in the box. The midfielder was chasing a dangerous cross from teammate Reese Moore before the foul. On the penalty kick, he ripped a low drive that evaded the dive of NJIT keeper Victor Pujades. (GW 1, NJIT 0)

  • NOTEWORTHY:

  • Höfs was masterful in keeping NJIT scoreless. With the Highlanders pressing for the equalizer, the GW keeper produced a handful of difficult saves. Less than two minutes after the Colonials scored, he sprawled to get a foot on Thomas Radon's drive and then recovered seconds later to grab Paulino Marques' header.

    In the 85th minute, NJIT's top scorer Mamadou Guirassy snuck behind the GW defense, but Höfs managed to punch away his shot. The junior from Germany snuffed out the Highlanders' final chance with about a minute to go, racing off his line to catch a free kick and clinch the victory. It was his 13th career clean sheet.

  • It was Brady O'Connor's third goal of the season and second via penalty kick. He's now tied for the team lead with classmate Oscar Haynes Brown. All three of his goals have been game-winners.
  • GW had the better scoring chances in the first half when it outshot NJIT, 4-3. The Highlanders kept the pressure on after halftime with an 8-3 shot advantage and 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
  • GW improved its home record to 1-1-1 this season.
  • UP NEXT: GW plays its next two on the road. The Colonials finish their nonconference slate Tuesday at Stony Brook before beginning Atlantic 10 play at Rhode Island next Saturday.

    WATCH THIS: Head Coach Craig Jones, O'Connor and Christian Lawal discuss Saturday's victory.


     

     

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