Men's Soccer Ends Skid With 2-0 Win Over Rider
Oct. 2, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's soccer team wrapped non-conference play with a 2-0 victory over Rider at Mount Vernon Field Saturday afternoon. Freshman Jeff Eisenbud and junior Jake Davis each scored in the opening 21 minutes to provide all the offense needed in the Colonials' first clean sheet of 2010.
GW (2-7-0) will begin Atlantic 10 Conference play next Saturday with a visit to local rival Richmond. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
The victory was the second straight in the series against the Broncs and helped the Colonials snap their five-match losing skid. GW is now 4-2-1 all-time against Rider.
Eisenbud halted GW's 400-plus minute scoreless drought in the 10th minute with a rebound goal off sophomore Seth Rudolph's shot. Rudolph got behind the Rider defense and fired a shot off goalkeeper Matt Perrella, who leaked the rebound to the right side of the six-yard box where Eisenbud raced in to tuck into goal. Eisenbud has provided the game-winning goal in both of GW's victories this season.
GW struck again just over 10 minutes later when Davis converted a rebound of junior Yoni Berhanu's 15-yard blast for his first collegiate goal. Davis, a defender, had pushed into the forward during a Colonials' attacking rush and chipped in the loose ball past a diving Perrella.
That was all the offense GW would need as the defense - anchored by Davis, senior Kory Trott and juniors Brice Carr and Mike Burke - allowed Rider just seven shots, none of which really threatened goal, to record the team's first shutout of the season.
GW held 17-7 edge in shots and forced Perrella into five saves for Rider (1-8-0), which was shut out for the sixth time in its last seven matches.