Colonials Charge Falls Short Versus Minutemen, 3-2
Second Half Surge Not Enough
Nov. 1, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior forward Matthew Osborne (Bingham, Notts, Eng./Toothill Comprehensive) scored two second half goals to pull the Colonials within one score, but George Washington was unable to complete the rally, falling 3-2 to the University of Massachusetts.
GW (9-8-0, 5-4-0) kept the pressure on the Minutemen (12-4-1, 8-0-1) for most of the match as UMass kept the Colonials off the board with some key saves by both the Minutemen's keeper, Enzo Altomare and their defense. Altomare stymied the Colonials for the majority of the match making 12 saves, including three in the first half. Three additional saves were made in the first half by UMass defenders who headed and kicked out balls heading for the back of the net.
A pair of first half goals by UMass, one by Ptah Meyers in the 26th and the first of two on the day by Jeff Deren in the 28th minute gave the Minutemen a 2-0 lead at the half. UMass would add another score in the 57th minute of the match when Deren beat the Colonials' defense to net his second goal, and put GW in a 3-0 hole.
Osborne sparked a late surge by the Colonials that began in the 78th minute when he netted a free kick from the top of the box to narrow the lead to 3-1. Less than two minutes later, Osborne stuck again, receiving a pass from Arnar Johannsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/C. C. of Iceland) at the top of the box, which he rocketed past a screened Altomare. The clock ran down too quickly however, and the Colonials fell in a 3-2 final.
The Colonials host the University of Rhode Island in a 1:00 p.m. match at the Mount Vernon Complex on Sunday, November 3.