GW Men's Soccer Drops First A-10 Match, 3-0 at Dayton
Oct. 15, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar saved a penalty kick and totaled a season-high seven saves, but the George Washington men's soccer team surrendered three goals to suffer its first Atlantic 10 loss of the season Friday night at Dayton, 3-0.
Dayton (2-11-0, 1-2-0 A-10) came out firing from kick-off, as Evan McCreary forced Almodovar into a save just 34 seconds into the match. Almodovar was called into action once again three minutes later, this time stopping McCreary's spot attempt in the fourth minute.
GW (4-5-2, 2-1-0 A-10) couldn't hold off the UD attack for long though as Auston Smyth headed in Andres Acevedo's corner kick in the 10th minute for an early lead the Flyers wouldn't relinquish.
The match went to halftime at 1-0, then the host Flyers cemented the three points with a pair of early second-half goals. The Colonials were whistled for a handball in the box in the 59th minute and Abe Keller was able to beat Almodovar this time for a 2-0 margin. Keller then assisted Amoh Kwaku's near-post goal off a corner kick in the 69th minute after Kwaku forced a tip-save over the crossbar by Almodovar just moments earlier.
Despite holding a 17-12 shot advantage, the Colonials only managed five shots on target in the match compared to 10 for the Flyers. GW's best chance came in the 83rd minute when a trio of shots were kept from the back of UD's net. In the corner-kick sequence, senior Yoni Berhanu had a shot saved by UD goalkeeper Alex Storm, sophomore Bailey Hinners had a shot blocked and classmate Tyler Ranalli had an attempt saved off the line by a Flyers' player. Storm finished with four saves to earn the clean sheet for Dayton.