Late UMass Goal Ends GW Men's Soccer's A-10 Unbeaten Streak
Freshman Valencia Scores First Collegiate Goal in 2-1 Loss
Oct. 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Angel Valencia scored his first career goal just two minutes into action, but host Massachusetts responded with two unanswered, including the game-winner with just over four minutes left in regulation, to defeat the George Washington men's soccer team, 2-1, and snap the Colonials' five-game Atlantic 10 unbeaten streak on Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field in GW's road finale.
Valencia gave GW (5-7-2, 2-1-2 A-10) an early lead. Senior Abdul Shaban sent a ball into the box, and the freshman collected it and fired a hard shot past UMass goalkeeper Nick Ruiz just 120 seconds into the game. Valencia becomes the third Colonial to score his first collegiate goal this weekend, joining freshman Tobi Adewole and sophomore Eddie Painter, who each found the back of the net for the first time on Friday at Rhode Island.
The Minutemen, however, responded just before halftime following a free kick from a few feet outside the box. Matt Keys took a shot that was stopped by GW sophomore goalie Luke Farrell, but not secured. Connor Devivo came in from the side and shot the loose ball into the goal with 2:59 left in the half to knot the game at 1-1.
The game appeared destined for overtime as neither team was able to find the back of the net for more than 40 minutes, but with 4:09 remaining, Matt Bolduc sent a cross into the box that GW defenders attempted to clear. The second header, however, was right at Keys, who sent it into the upper reaches of the goal, and the Colonials were not able to get another shot off as UMass (3-11-1, 2-3-0 A-10) won the game, 2-1.
Farrell recorded five saves in the game while Ruiz stopped two shots, as the Minutemen outshot the Colonials, 13-4, but GW held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
The Colonials return to action next Sunday, Nov. 3, when they host Atlantic 10 newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason at 12 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.