GW Men's Soccer Falls at VCU, 3-0
Oct. 7, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - The George Washington men's soccer team was unable to find the back of the net in a 3-0 loss at Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU on Sunday afternoon at Backers Stadium.
GW (4-7-0, 1-1-0 Atlantic 10) allowed two first-half goals to VCU (6-1-3, 2-0-0) and a third strike in the second half as the Colonials suffered their first Atlantic 10 conference loss of the season.
Senior Seth Rudolph was unable to connect on two early shots, including a header attempt in the ninth minute that prompted a save from VCU goalkeeper Andrew Wells.
The Colonials defense turned away three consecutive corner-kick attempts a few minutes later, but the Rams struck in the 26th minute when Devon Fisher found the back of the net. Jason Johnson's initial shot was saved by senior goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar, but Fisher was able to corral the rebound and hit the top-left corner of the goal to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
The Rams added to the lead in the 36th minute on a sequence that began when Brad Seymour sent a cross to Kharlton Belmar. Belmar used his chess to pass the ball to Johnson who drilled the ball past Almodovar to put VCU ahead 2-0.
GW managed three corner kicks and six shots in the second half, but was unable to get a ball past VCU's Andrew Wells. The Colonials had two opportunities in the 65th minute on a shot by freshman Glen Sousa and a header attempt off of a corner kick by junior Tyler Ranalli, but Wells turned both opportunities away.
The Rams pushed the advantage to 3-0 in the 69th minute when Mario Meraz sent a long-ball pass to Belmar, who beat Almodovar up top.
VCU, which knocked off No. 13 nationally ranked Charlotte, 4-1, in its A-10 debut on Friday, totaled 26 shots compared to the Colonials' eight attempts. Almovodar made four saves as GW played strong defense on set pieces, turning away nine corner kicks and seven free kick attempts.
The Colonials return home to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus to begin a four-match homestand on Friday against La Salle. After hosting the Explorers, GW will welcome Fordham, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in crucial A-10 conference matches.