Colonials Prove Ram Tough in Overtime Victory, 2-1
Popik Scores Game Winner
Oct. 31, 2003
WASAHINGTON, DC - George Washington made an important step toward securing a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship, topping the visiting Fordham Rams 2-1 in overtime at Mt. Vernon Field.
GW (6-10-1, 4-4-1) battled through a scoreless first half against the Rams (4-10-1, 3-6-0) despite making numerous runs on goal. The Colonials out-shot Fordham 11-7 in the half, with five of the shots on goal. GW dodged a bullet just four minutes into the match when the Colonials were called for a foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick. However, sophomore keeper Derek Biss (Pittsfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) denied FU's Ryan Bonura, and the game remained scoreless.
GW would score their first goal in the 77th minute of play to take a 1-0 lead. The Rams fouled a GW player in the box, and senior Arnar Johannsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/C.C. of Iceland) attempted the penalty kick. FU's keeper Stephen Faber came through for the Rams, matching Biss' penalty kick save. However Fordham did not clear the ball, and senior Jason Popik (Syosset, NY/Syosset) served the ball to sophomore Trevor Martin (Chevy Chase, MD/Bethesda Chevy Chase) who blasted in a score from eight yards out.
Fordham tied the score just two minutes later, when a yellow card called on Popik in the box, resulted in another penalty kick for the Rams. Biss dove to the wrong side on this attempt, and the game was tied. Despite holding FU to just three shots while attempting 15, GW was unable to break the deadlock in regulation.
Popik would again play a large role in the outcome of the match, as his 10th shot of the match found the back of the net in the 96th minute of the game. Sophomore Frank Ambrosio (Orlando, FL/Bishop Moore Catholic) broke past the defense on the right wing and served a pinpoint cross through box that deflected of Johannsson to Popik who put it home to win the match.
Popik had record only 19 shots on the season prior to the match, but served a large role on offense in this match, sending two shots off the post and one sliding shot just wide. The senior defender's score made the first nine shots worth the frustration, as he celebrated the Colonials sixth victory on the season.
With the win, GW increases their odds of becoming the sixth team into the tournament field for the Atlantic 10 Championship. Pending the results of this evening's matches, the Colonials move into a tie for the final seed with two games remaining. GW hosts La Salle on Sunday, Nov. 2, in their home finale at 1:00 pm. Eight Colonial seniors will be honored before the match.