GW Men's Soccer Drops Non-Conference Finale to Longwood, 3-1
Colonials Begin Atlantic 10 Play on Friday at Richmond
Sept. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Seth Rudolph scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute, but Longwood responded with three unanswered goals as the George Washington men's soccer team fell to the visiting Lancers, 3-1, in its final non-conference match of the season on Saturday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (3-6-0) controlled the action early with a pair of chances in front of the Longwood net in the first three minutes, but failed to convert on either opportunity.
The Colonials did capitalize in the 29th minute as Rudolph was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick, which he buried for his team-best fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 GW advantage.
However, the Colonials' lead was short-lived as Longwood's Anthony Ugorji received a pass from teammate Jonathan Kukapa and one-timed a shot past a diving Jean-Pierre van der Merwe to tie the game.
GW freshman Jonny Forrest's point-blank shot with 37 seconds left in the half was saved, and the teams took the 1-1 draw into the break.
In the 56th minute, Longwood midfielder Sam Yardley sent a cross to Devin Pierce, whose header from the back post was deflected by van der Merwe and Kukapa was in front of net to clean up the rebound for what proved to be the game-winner.
The Colonials nearly tied it back up in the 66th minute, but freshman Philip McQuitty's shot from just inside the box nailed the crossbar.
The Lancers (3-7-1) added an insurance goal with less than eight minutes remaining as Kukapa got a breakaway on the left side and sent the ball forward to Zach Corcoran, who was all alone in front of the net and beat van der Merwe with a shot to the right side.
Each team finished with 12 shots in the game, but just four of GW's attempts were on target. Rudolph took a team-high four shots.
Van der Merwe recorded five saves between the posts, while Longwood keeper Paul Hegedus stopped three shots.
The Colonials return to action on Friday, when they open Atlantic 10 Conference play at Richmond at 7:30 p.m.