Men's Soccer Drops A-10 Opener at No. 15/25 Charlotte, 6-0
Oct. 9, 2009
CHARLOTTE, NC - The George Washington men's soccer team surrendered two penalty kick goals during the opening 12 minutes en route to a 6-0 loss at No. 15/25 Charlotte in both teams Atlantic 10 Conference opener at Transamerica Field Friday evening.
GW (6-4-0, 0-1-0 A-10) will look to rebound Sunday when it makes its first-ever trip to Saint Louis and Hermann Stadium for a 2:00 pm ET kickoff.
Nationally ranked Charlotte (7-1-2, 1-0-0 A-10) converted penalty kicks in the seventh and 12th minutes and added two more tallies before halftime to grab a commanding 4-0 advantage after 45 minutes.
The 49ers continued their offensive onslaught in the second half, scoring just 1:36 into the period for a five-goal cushion and tacking on a sixth goal in the 68th minute, 12 minutes after the Colonials were reduced to 10 men following redshirt senior Luke Wildy's red card.
Playing without senior leading scorer and Hermann Trophy candidate Andy Stadler for the second straight match, GW managed only seven total shots and three on target, while Charlotte put 14 of its 22 shots on frame.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Erik Haug stopped a career-high eight shots in the loss.
Junior Marcus Ranney was the Colonials' top offensive threat with two shots, one of which forced a save.
Adam Gross paced the 49ers with six points on two goals and two assists, followed by a goal and an assist from Luke Exley.