Seniors Shine in Victory Over La Salle
Nov. 2, 2003
WASAHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's soccer kept their postseason hopes alive with a 4-1 come-from-behind victory over the visiting La Salle Explorers at Mount Vernon Field.
With the win, GW (7-10-1, 5-4-1) remained tied for fifth place in the Atlantic 10 with Rhode Island and Massachusetts who both won today. The Colonials play their regular season finale at Richmond on Saturday, Nov. 8, in a 7:30 p.m. match.
La Salle (4-10-3, 3-7-0) jumped ahead of GW just six minutes into the match when Jeff Spiker snuck a soft shot into the net past a Colonial keeper sophomore Derek Biss (Pittsfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) who appeared to be screened on the play. Despite out-shooting the Explorers 13-5 in the first half, GW was unable to score, and was down at the break 1-0.
The Colonials came out of the half with something to prove, and suitably on Senior Day, it was the seniors that took control of the match. Senior forward Fabio Andrade (Stoughton, MA/Xaverian Brothers) tied the score in the 53rd minute of the match, beating defenders on the left wing and lacing a shot past LU's goalkeeper Stash Graham to knot the game at 1-1.
GW would strike just a minute later, when senior Jeremy Catlin (Clarksville, MD/Oakland Mills) took a long pass from sophomore Benjamin Mortimer (Leighton Buzzard, Eng./Cedars Upper) and crossed it through the mouth of the goal where senior Arnar Johannsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/C.C. of Iceland) blasted home what would prove to be the game-winning score.
However, the Colonials were not finished, scoring their third goal in a six-minute span, as Andrade made an outstanding play that developed off pass from Johannsson. Johannsson served the ball up the middle of the field which was advanced toward the goal by a LU defender who attempted to play it back to the keeper Graham. Andrade would beat Graham to the ball, and touched it past the sprawling keeper for his second unassisted score of the match.
GW's final score came five minutes later when sophomore Trevor Martin (Chevy Chase, MD/Bethesda Chevy Chase) beat Graham with a 20-yard shot from the left wing that bent into the right corner. Fellow sophomore Steve Brown (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland HS) assisted on the play.
In the race for the final seeds in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, GW owns a head-to-head tiebreaker versus Rhode Island who they beat 1-0 on October 5. The Colonials fell to Massachusetts 3-0 on October 3, and would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker. Rhode Island and Massachusetts play each other in the final week of the regular season. If URI tops Massachusetts, the Colonials would need at least a tie against Richmond to claim a spot in the tournament.