Men's Soccer Downs Regular-Season Champion SLU on Saturday
Colonials Break Program Record with Ninth Clean Sheet
WASHINGTON - Senior Garrett Heine's late goal gave the George Washington men's soccer squad a 1-0 victory over regular-season champion Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus in the season finale.
With the win, the Colonials close 2016 with an overall 8-5-5 record and a 3-3-2 mark in A-10 play. GW finished the season with 11 points in the A-10 standings - tied with Dayton for eight place - but was edged by the Flyers in common opponent tiebreaker rules to fall just short of an A-10 Championship berth.
Saturday's shutout was GW's ninth of the season, snapping the previous program mark for clean sheets in a year. Sophomore keeper Thor Arne Höfs has notched each shutout of 2016, becoming GW's all-time single-season leader.
Saint Louis put the pressure on early on Saturday, taking a shot just 22 seconds into the match, but GW's defense made the block to force a corner kick that was cleared away.
The Colonials took their first shot of the match in the ninth minute when junior Christian Lawal sent an attempt high of the net.
GW continued to challenge the SLU defense, taking shots in the 31st and 38th minutes that missed their targets.
Senior Tobi Adewole nearly gave GW the lead in the 44th minute, sending a header toward the net on a corner kick from Heine, but SLU's keeper made an incredible save to keep the match scoreless at the intermission.
Lawal began the second half with a shot from the top of the box, but another save kept the Colonials at bay.
Junior Koby Osei-Wusu later wound up for a strong attempt in the 65th minute, but his shot was blocked at the top of the box.
The Colonials broke through in the 82nd minute when Heine set up for a free kick at the top of the box. The senior laced the ball into the top left corner of the net to give GW a 1-0 lead it would not surrender as the Buff and Blue took the victory in the final home match of the season at the GW Soccer Field.
After a tight first half that saw an even four shots taken by each squad, the Colonials dominated possession in the second stanza, outshooting the Billikens 9-1.
The goal was Heine's team-leading seventh of the season.
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