Men's Soccer Wins Intra-District Battle With Georgetown, 2-0
Oct. 9, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's soccer team continued its torrid scoring pace and red-shirt junior goalkeeper Matt Scheer earned his first career shutout as the Colonials defeated intra-District rival Georgetown, 2-0, in their non-conference finale at North Kehoe Field on Tuesday.
GW (6-4-0), which boasts the nation's ninth-best scoring offense with 2.33 goals per game, got goals from sophomore George Garcia and senior Abimbola Pedro in the second half to snap its two-game skid against Georgetown (3-8-0) and post just its second victory in its last eight meetings versus the Hoyas. The shutout was GW's first against Georgetown since 1990, a span of 10 matches.
After a scoreless first half, the Colonials broke through in the 55th minute on Garcia's first career goal. Sophomore Andy Stadler intercepted a pass in GW's offensive third and dished off to Garcia, who settled the ball and blasted a right-footed shot to the upper left corner. Stadler's fourth assist of the season brings him even in the Atlantic 10 scoring category with 16 points.
Pedro secured the victory in the 73rd minute when he slid a left-footed breakaway attempt past a diving Hoyas goalkeeper. Sophomore Erick Perez-Segnini chested a 50-50 ball near midfield and volleyed a pass over the defense to a sprinting Pedro, who angled in behind Georgetown's sweeper for the one-on-one opportunity. The goal was Pedro's fourth of the season, matching his career-high set in 2005. Stadler, Perez-Segnini and Pedro have combined for 42 of GW's 69 points this year.
Scheer was outstanding in just his second start of the season and fifth of his career, making three point-blank stops to preserve the Colonials second shutout of the season. Scheer twice came off his line to turn away breakaway chances by Chandler Diggs in the first half and kicked away Mike Gloccum's six-yard header in the 52nd minute. Scheer finished with a career-high five saves.
GW had several quality chances to score in the first period. Pedro sent a left-footed shot from 20 yards away wide right in the fifth minute. Perez-Segnini freed himself with a give-and-go in the 18-yard box with Pedro, but sent a left-footed shot high in the 17th minute. Stadler's flick-on header inside the box forced Georgetown goalkeeper Matthew Brutto to make a sprawling save in the 28th minute. Perez-Segnini and Stadler nearly connected in the 32nd minute, but Perez-Segnini's one-timed shot of Stadler's ground cross from the right sailed high.
Along with Scheer's stand-out effort, the Colonials backline, led by senior co-captain Matt Davis and sophomore Byron Walker, put together a strong performance. Walker was a constant presence on Diggs, Georgetown's strongest offensive weapon.
The Colonials held a 13-10 edge in shots, while the Hoyas led 5-4 in shots on goal and 3-2 in corner kicks.
The Colonials currently rank ninth in the adidas/NSCAA Middle Atlantic Regional rankings.
GW hosts Richmond at Mount Vernon Field in its Atlantic 10 opener Saturday, October 13, at 3:00 pm.