GW Men's Soccer Edged by Wofford, 1-0, in Overtime
Oct. 1, 2011
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Wofford's Chase West netted the golden goal 77 seconds into overtime to deal the George Washington men's soccer team a 1-0 road loss at Snyder Field Saturday night.
GW finishes non-conference play with a 2-4-2 record and will begin Atlantic 10 play with a pair of home games at Mount Vernon Field next weekend. The Colonials host Saint Joseph's Friday at 3 p.m., and Temple Sunday at 1 p.m. Wofford improves to 3-5-1 on the season.
The Colonials were heavily depleted in the back with regular defenders Brice Carr, Jamie LaFleur, Jake Davis and Matthew Scott out due to injury. Despite their absence, GW maintained a clean sheet through regulation with Mike Burke, Abdul Shaban, Alex Sandland and Joe Holleran shifting to the back line and steady play from goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty.
GW was reduced to 10 players in the 87th minute after sophomore Bailey Hinners received his second yellow card of the match. The match then went into overtime where the Terriers took advantage of a miscue to tally the game-winning goal.
Wofford's Alex Hutchins sent a clearance deep into GW's defensive third which forced Lafferty off his goal line. West was able to slip the ball past Lafferty near the top of the 18-yard box and put away a shot from three yards out to give the Terriers the victory.
GW was outshot 14-11, including 6-4 in shots on target, but generated the best scoring chances during the run of play. Leading scorers Seth Rudolph and Yoni Berhanu both hit the post with shots in the third and 14th minutes, respectively, and Rudolph was denied on a late one-on-one opportunity against Wofford goalkeeper Andrew Drennan in the 78th minute.
Lafferty finished with a season-high five saves, highlighted by a leaping save on Quinn Hunt's corner-kick header in the 38th minute. Drennan posted four saves to collect the shutout for the Terriers.