Men's Soccer Drops A-10 Home Opener to No. 23 Charlotte, 2-0
Oct. 15, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's soccer nearly took a lead on 23rd-ranked Charlotte in the first half, but a sure goal was headed off the goal line and the 49ers scored in the 60th and 63rd minutes for a 2-0 Atlantic 10 victory over the Colonials at Mount Vernon Field Friday afternoon.
GW (2-9-0, 0-2-0 A-10) plays its second of four consecutive home A-10 matches this Sunday against Saint Louis at 1:00 pm.
Playing its first nationally ranked opponent at Mount Vernon since Sept. 2008, the Colonials were successful in limiting the potent 49ers attack throughout the first half and roughly midway through the second half.
Despite being outshot, 5-2, GW actually generated the most dangerous scoring opportunity of the opening 45 minutes.
Charlotte (8-4-0, 3-0-0 A-10) goalkeeper Gavin Dawson charged a ball deep into his defensive third, but elected to shield it just outside the 18-yard box. Junior Aldin Dervisevic was able to win the ball away and pass to open junior teammate Yoni Berhanu, who sidestepped and fired a bending 18-yard shot onto a keeper-less net. However, 49ers defender Charles Rodriguez dove to head the shot off the goal line and preserve the eventual clean sheet.
The 49ers revved up their attack in the second half, outshooting the Colonials, 12-4, in the period and scoring twice to remain atop the A-10 standings with nine points.
In the 60th minute, GW defender Kory Trott was whistled for a foul and booked 35 yards out on the left wing. Charlotte's Andres Cuero took the ensuing free kick and curled it into the upper right corner for what proved to be the game-winner.
The 49ers won a corner kick three and a half minutes later and Will Mayhew was able to slam in a loose ball from six yards out to make it 2-0.
Charlotte continued to pressure, but GW senior goalkeeper Erik Haug made all four of his saves in the final 20 minutes to keep the margin at two goals.
The Colonials would threaten only once more, with Dawson making his lone stop of the day on junior Jake Davis in the 88th.