Late Goals Send Men's Soccer to 2-1 A-10 Loss at Richmond
Oct. 9, 2010
RICHMOND, VA - Sophomore Seth Rudolph gave the George Washington men's soccer team a 1-0 lead, but a second-half red card led to Richmond goals in the 84th and 87th minutes as the Colonials dropped their Atlantic 10 opener to the Spiders, 2-1, at Ukrop Park Saturday evening.
GW falls to 2-8-0 overall and 0-1-0 in Atlantic 10 play with the loss.
Rudolph scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season at the 27:25 mark with a shot that deflected off UR goalkeeper Brock Tomlinson. The Colonials carried that one-goal lead and a 9-8 shot advantage into halftime with the hopes of securing their first A-10 opener victory since defeating the Spider, 1-0, in overtime in 2007.
However, Richmond benefited from a second caution and ensuing red-card ejection to GW freshman Jeff Eisenbud in the 61st minute. Eisenbud, the Colonials' second-leading scorer, will miss the squad's next match against Charlotte at Mount Vernon Field Friday, Oct. 15, at 3:00 pm.
The Spiders took advantage in terms of shots, holding a 10-3 edge in the second half, but didn't break through until less than 10 minutes remained in the match.
Spencer Schiff equalized at the 83:36 mark with a 20-yard shot that beat GW sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty to the upper right corner.
UR (2-7-1, 1-0-0 A-10) got the game-winning goal just over three minutes later when Rob Scherer guided Justin Karr's right-side cross into the left corner with 3:20 left in the match. The Spiders snapped a seven-match skid with the victory.
Senior goalkeeper Erik Haug made three saves and didn't allow a goal on eight shots faced in the first half. Lafferty also made three stops, but was saddled with the loss after allowing two goals on 10 shots faced. Tomlinson made five stops to earn the victory for the Spiders.