Last-Minute Fordham Goal Sinks GW Men's Soccer, 2-1
Oct. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - Fordham's Kyle Bitterman scored off a corner kick with 1:11 left in the match to break a 1-1 tie and deal the George Washington men's soccer team a 2-1 loss to the visiting Rams on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic 10 action at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The teams were deadlocked in a scoreless draw at halftime as neither squad could muster much offense in the first 45 minutes, combining for just seven shots.
In the 58th minute, Fordham (5-4-2, 1-1-1 A-10) was awarded a free kick on the left side. Tommy Granot sent the ball into the box and Julian Nagel was able to redirect it with a header past GW sophomore goalkeeper Luke Farrell to break the scoreless tie and give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, senior Zach Abaie sent a cross from just outside the box on the right side to junior Tyler Ranalli right in front of the goal, but Ranalli's shot nailed the crossbar and caromed to freshman Dominic Gallelli, whose header was cleared off the line by a Fordham defender. Freshman Philip McQuitty collected the rebound and fired a shot that was saved by Fordham goalkeeper Sean Brailey, who dove to his right to make the stop but could not smother the ball. Senior Seth Rudolph was in position for the rebound to tap it in just inside the left post as Brailey could not recover in time, knotting the score at 1-1.
The goal was Rudolph's team-best fifth of the season and 27th of his career, moving him into a tie with Orville Reynolds ('87), Kenny Emson ('88) and Marcelo Valencia ('94) for eighth place all-time at GW. McQuitty was credited with the assist, the first point of his collegiate career.
After the frantic minute of play, the game appeared destined for overtime as neither team could find the back of the net again for 30 minutes. But with just 71 seconds left in regulation, the Rams won a corner kick. Kalle Sotka sent the ball into the box, where a GW defender attempted to clear it away with a header, but the ball found the feet of Bitterman, who knocked it in for the game-winner.
Farrell recorded five saves between the posts, while Brailey stopped three shots for Fordham. The Rams outshot GW, 16-10, and held an 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.
The Colonials (4-9-0, 1-3-0 A-10) return to action on Friday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island at 2 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.