Men's Soccer Opens A-10 Play With Thrilling Victory over Richmond
Oct. 13, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington senior midfielder Greg McKay scored his second career game-winning goal eight minutes into the first overtime period to give the Colonials men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over visiting Richmond in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at Mount Vernon Field on Saturday afternoon.
For GW, it was their second consecutive win, and the fourth in their past five games. The Colonials improved their season record to 7-4-0 overall and are now 1-0-0 in conference action, while the visiting Spiders dropped to 3-7-1, 0-1-0.
The match was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams recording four shots in the first half, but neither side capitalizing on those scoring opportunities. It appeared as though Richmond would get on the board shortly before halftime, when a GW foul just outside of the box allowed for a Spider free kick, but keeper Matt Scheer had the wall positioned perfectly, and the shot was harmlessly blocked away.
In the second 45-minutes of action, GW attacked with a feverish pace, but was unable to crack the Richmond defense. A blast off the foot of Erick Perez-Segnini in the 69th minute was seemingly headed for the back of the net, but Richmond keeper Eric Sciocchetti sprawled to his right and made a diving save. Perez-Segnini later nearly assisted on the game-winner, when, in the 85th minute, he sent a pass to senior forward Thomas Stuber, who promptly sent it on goal, but again, Sciocchetti was up to the task, diving to make another save and preserve the tie.
In the sudden-death overtime, GW controlled play for much of the time and finally saw their efforts rewarded in the 99th minute. With the Colonials pushing forward, Perez-Segini crossed the ball from the left side of the field to the right, where Greg McKay settled, and then unleashed a furious blast from 30-yards out that curled its way into the upper left-corner of the net, sending the GW bench pouring onto the field in celebration.
Making just his third start of the season and the sixth of his career, keeper Matt Scheer was once again brilliant, equaling his career-high five saves as he recorded his second career shutout. Senior forward Abimbola Pedro paced the Colonials offensively, recording eight shots, four on goal.
George Washington, ninth in the adidas/NSCAA Middle Atlantic Regional rankings, takes to the road next weekend, playing at Saint Joseph's on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. They will then stay in Philadelphia to face-off against Temple at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.