Men's Soccer Dominates Saint Joseph's, 5-0
Oct. 19, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - Down three starters, the George Washington men's soccer team tallied three first-half goals for the second consecutive game, including early goals in the 14th and 17th minutes, en route to a 5-0 rout of Saint Joseph's in Atlantic 10 Conference play at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
GW (6-4-2, 2-1-1 A-10) didn't miss a beat despite playing without injured starters Andy Stadler and Byron Walker, and suspension-serving Ryan Ruffing. Junior Erick Perez-Segnini netted the game-winning goal in the 14th minute and senior Dave Leon converted a penalty kick after Saint Joseph's (3-5-2, 0-3-1 A-10) goalkeeper Bryan Benedict was sent off at the 16:24 mark to boost the Colonials to an early lead for the second straight match.
Perez-Segnini opened the scoring 13:18 into the match on a quick 18-yard free kick as Benedict was caught out-of-position setting his wall. Just over three minutes later, Perez-Segnini's clever flick-on header of redshirt senior goalkeeper Matt Scheer's clearance sent rookie Yoni Berhanu in alone on Benedict, whose late tackle earned him a red card and set up Leon's penalty-kick goal.
Redshirt junior Mike Rollings punctuated the victory with goals 20 seconds apart in the 59th minute. Rollings' first goal came on a 12-yard shot via a Perez-Segnini pass through the middle at 58:05. His second was set up by a long, cross-field service from junior Andrew Kroculick that hit Rollings in stride at the top of the box.
Scheer (3 saves, 67 minutes) and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Scott Goossens (23 minutes) combined for GW's fifth shutout of the season. Minus Walker, the Colonials started freshmen Brice Carr, Jake Davis, Mike Burke and junior Nikolay Aleksandrov on their backline.
Benedict made one save in 16 minutes of action, while reserve goalkeeper Joe Bodnar stopped five shots in 74 minutes. GW held a 19-7 edge in shots - 11-4 in shots on goal - and an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks.
GW improved to 9-1-0 all-time at home against Saint Joseph's, outscoring the Hawks 48-7 in those 10 matches.
Through four of nine league matches, GW sits in a three-way tie for second place in the A-10 standings with seven points. The Colonials travel to Rhode Island next Friday and Massachusetts next Sunday for important conference road matches.