Late NJIT Goal Sends GW Men's Soccer to 1-0 Loss
Almodovar Matches Career-High Seven Saves for Colonials
Sept. 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team fell victim to a quick restart and an Enrique Hidalgo goal in the 83rd minute in a 1-0 loss to NJIT at the GW Soccer Field on Wednesday.
Senior goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar equaled his career-high with seven saves in the match, but he wasn't able to turn away Hidalgo on a 1-on-1 opportunity as the Highlanders stole a late winner.
Prior to the NJIT tally, GW junior defender Abdul Shaban fouled an NJIT player near midfield to prevent a sure counterattack. However, Highlanders forward Franco Gamero hit a quick free kick to a streaking Hidalgo for the 1-on-1 versus Almodovar. Hidalgo touched the ball around the charging keeper and tucked a left-footed shot into the right corner.
The GW attack managed just three shots against the regionally ranked Highlanders' backline. The Colonials' best chance came in the 55th minute when freshman midfielder Philip McQuitty followed-up a cleared cross, but his one-time strike from the top of the 18-yard box skated just inches wide of the left corner.
NJIT (7-5-0), which is ranked No. 6 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire North Atlantic regional poll, put eight of its 15 total shots on frame. Almodovar was equal to the first six tests, including several long-range volleys, before allowing the winner, then made his seventh save of the match in the 87th minute to keep GW within striking distance until the final horn.
Highlanders' goalkeeper Lars Maalen-Johansen wasn't forced to make a save on the Colonials' three total shots.
GW (3-5-0) returns to the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday when it hosts Longwood at 1 p.m. for Alumni Day and the Greek Game. The Colonials' men's and women's soccer programs will host an alumni match on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., and an Alumni Reception following the men's soccer match at 6:30 p.m. For more details and to register, please visit http://www.gwsports.com/genrel/alumniweekend2012.html.