Men's Soccer Falls in A-10 Quarterfinal

Reese Moore and the Colonials closed their season Saturday in the A-10 quarterfinals.
Nov. 4, 2017

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WASHINGTON - George Washington men's soccer closed its season Saturday, falling 1-0 to Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinal at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The third-seeded Colonials fell behind in the 12th minute when Rhode Island's Tyler Dickson scored on a header off a corner kick. They pressured the sixth-seeded Rams for much of the second half but never produced the equalizer.

GW qualified for the A-10 Championship for the second time in three years and earned the chance to host its opener after winning six of its final seven regular season conference games. The Colonials finish the fall at 9-7-2 overall.

Rhode Island advances to play either No. 2 VCU or No. 7 St. Bonaventure in a semifinal at Dayton's Baujan Field next Friday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • 12th Minute -- Rhode Island converted an early set piece for the game's lone goal. Stavros Zarokostas hit a corner kick into a scrum in front that skimmed off Dickson's head and inside the back post. (Rhode Island 1, GW 0)
  • NOTEWORTHY:

  • Thor Arne Höfs made six saves to keep GW within striking distance, including several highlight-worthy stops down the stretch. The junior keeper made back-to-back dazzling stops on Chae Brangman and Zarokostas in the 81st and 82nd minute to ensure the Colonials stayed within a goal.

    Höfs finished the fall with a career-high 93 saves to lead the A-10. He started all 18 games for the Colonials and posted six clean sheets, including four in conference play.

  • GW forced Rhode Island's Nils Leifhelm to make six saves of his own. The Colonials produced two dangerous chances in the opening half. Leifhelm lunged to his left to push away a Peirce Williams header in the 23rd minute, and the keeper tipped Drini Redzepi's free kick off the right post in the 43rd minute.

    GW put four more tries on net after halftime. The final one came in the closing seconds when Leifhelm snared Dylan Lightbourn's header off a long throw-in to seal the victory.

  • Oscar Haynes Brown provided a spark off the GW bench, attempting a team-high three shots in 29 minutes. The freshman from England finished his rookie season with a team-high 14 points on six goals and two assists.
  • GW hosted an A-10 Championship contest for the first time since 2004. It was the Colonials' 13th appearance overall in the conference tournament.
  • WATCH THIS: Head Coach Craig Jones and Christian Lawal discuss Saturday's A-10 Championship loss.


     

     

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