GW Men's Soccer Ends Skid with 2-0 Win Over Rhode Island
Oct. 19, 2012
WASHINGTON - Freshman Glen Sousa and senior Seth Rudolph each scored and sophomore goalkeeper Luke Farrell recorded his first career shutout as the George Washington men's soccer team defeated Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The victory snapped the Colonials' three-game skid and provided an important three points in their chase for one of the eight A-10 Championship spots.
URI (2-8-3, 1-2-1 A-10) controlled possession for much of the game, outshooting GW, 21-9, but just six of the Rams' shots were on target compared to seven for the Colonials (5-9-0, 2-3-0 A-10).
Rhode Island had the first good scoring opportunity of the game in the 14th minute, but Matt Sykes' blast from 30 yards out nailed the crossbar.
GW cracked the scoreboard on just its second shot of the game, as Sousa's free kick from 40 yards out near the right sideline found its way inside the far post for his first career goal and a 1-0 lead with 13:50 to play in the first half. The score would remain unchanged through to halftime.
The Colonials had a great chance in the 64th minute as freshman Ross Higgins' cross after a long run up the left side found senior Zach Abaie's head, but URI goalie Thomas Spenser punched Abaie's shot off the line. Then in the 77th minute, Rudolph had two shots saved in a one-on-one versus Spenser, while a third shot sailed over the crossbar.
However, Rudolph found redemption eight minutes later as he took a good pass from Abaie and beat his defender to set up another one-on-one with the keeper. New URI netminder Adam Blanchard, who had entered the game just 30 seconds earlier, slid to break up the play, but Rudolph dodged to his left and fired to the near post to give GW a 2-0 lead with just 6:02 remaining. It was Rudolph's team-best sixth goal of the season and the 28th of his career, moving him into a tie with Ken Garber ('74) for seventh place all-time at GW.
The Rams had two shots and a corner kick in the final six minutes, but the Colonials were able to hold on, as Farrell made a pair of saves to preserve the victory.
"Any win's a good win," said head coach Craig Jones. "We dropped our last three games in the A-10, so any time you can bounce back with a win, especially at home in front of your home fans, it's always a little more special. A lot of positives from the game today, and it's just nice to get back onto winning ways. It gives the guys confidence going into Sunday's game."
Farrell matched his career high with six saves as he recorded his first shutout in just his third collegiate start. Spenser stopped five GW shots in 83:29 between the posts, while Blanchard did not record a save in the final 6:31. The Rams held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Massachusetts at 1:00 p.m. in their final home game of the season at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Abaie, Rudolph and classmates Alejandro Almodovar and Daniel Ripperger-Suhler will be honored prior to kickoff in a Senior Day ceremony.