Colonials Lose to Massachusetts, 2-1, in Overtime
Minutemen Score Golden Goal with 5:17 Left in Second OT
Oct. 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW men's soccer team (1-7-3, 0-2-2 Atlantic 10) lost in double overtime, 2-1, against A-10 rival Massachusetts on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The Minutemen's Tim Kitchell notched the game-winner at 104:43 to lift Massachusetts to victory.
Kitchell's tally came off a throw in by Ralph Pace, who launched the ball toward the far post of the GW net. Kitchell hit the ball with the back of his head, sending it toward the goal line. Freshman Matt Davis bicycled the ball away from the net, but the officials ruled it crossed the plane of the goal line, giving the Massachusetts the triumph.
George Washington controlled the match from the outset, taking eight shots in the first half and holding the Minutemen (4-6-2, 1-1-2 Atlantic 10) without a shot attempt. The Colonials also earned eight corner kick opportunities in the opening half on its way to a season-high 12 corner kick chances in the contest. However, it was the Minutemen who scored first when Robby Charest headed a pass from Ralph Pace past junior goalkeeper Derek Biss at 61:56. GW responded when Jon Allen broke through the Minutemen's defense and fired a shot into the empty net at 79:22 after UMass goalie Nick Billman came out to challenge on the play.
The remaining 10:38 in regulation ticked off the clock with neither team able to score the game-winner. Both teams launched two shots in the first overtime session, but neither squad could find the net and the match moved to a second extra frame setting up Kitchell's heroics.
Allen's tally was his team-leading fourth goal of the year. He also leads the Colonials with 10 total points. Freshman Wade Gerhardt tallied an assist on the play. He is tied for the team lead in helpers with three.
Pace finished with two assists for Massachusetts and Billman made five saves in goal.
The Colonials outshot the Minutemen, 20-12, and held a 12-6 advantage in corner kicks.
GW has lost its last seven contests with the Minutemen. Its last victory versus Massachusetts came on Oct. 12, 1997 by the score of 2-1.
The Colonials return to the pitch on Friday, Oct. 15 when they play at A-10 foe Duquesne. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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