Men's Soccer Blanked by Charlotte, 3-0
Oct. 26, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - Playing in a steady downpour for 90 minutes, the George Washington men's soccer team surrendered three second-half goals to fall to Charlotte, 3-0, in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at Mount Vernon Field Friday afternoon.
After playing through more than 60 minutes of scoreless, rain-soaked soccer, Charlotte (8-5-1, 2-2-1 A-10) broke through with two goals in the 62nd minute. Kent Long finished a flick-on pass from Will Shull from the right side of the 18-yard box for his third goal of the year at 61:19. Shull got his third goal of the season 26 seconds later when he chipped Tom Woollard's wide-left pass around GW goalkeeper Matt Scheer.
The 49ers got an insurance goal in the 81st minute when Woollard sprung Andres Cuero clear on the left side of the box. Cuero struck a solid left-footed shot that glanced off Scheer and into the net.
GW led in shots, 13-10, and forced Charlotte goalkeeper David Martin to make seven saves, but managed only a few strong scoring opportunities. Martin made back-to-back 12-yard saves on sophomore Erick Perez-Segnini and senior Thomas Stuber in the 55th minute. Freshman Marcus Ranney broke loose behind the 49ers defense in the 68th minute, but Martin made a diving stop to his left to preserve the shutout.
Five GW players had two shots, with Ranney and Stuber placing both of their attempts on target.
The Colonials entered the match ranked eighth in the adidas/NSCAA Middle Atlantic Regional rankings, while the 49ers are ranked fifth in the same region.
GW (7-6-1, 1-2-1 A-10) hosts nationally ranked Saint Louis Sunday at 12:00 pm. The 15th-ranked Billikens are the highest-ranked team to visit seven-year-old Mount Vernon Field. Sunday's match will be held in conjunction with both Soccer Alumni Weekend and "Kickin' it at The `Vern," with brunch available at Mount Vernon's Ames Dining Hall prior to kick-off.