Men's Soccer Qualifies for the Atlantic 10 Tournament
Nov. 8, 2003
RICHMOND, VA - George Washington men's soccer fought through two overtimes to tie the Richmond Spiders, and earn a one-point edge in the conference standings over Massachusetts to clinch the final seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
With the tie, GW (7-10-2, 5-4-2) finished the regular season with 17 points in conference play (three points per win, one point per tie) edging Massachusetts who lost to Rhode Island on Friday, November 7, to finish the season with a 5-5-1 conference record for 16 total points.
The Colonials, who will enter the tournament as the sixth seed, after scored late in the second half to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Frank Ambrosio scored when UR's goalkeeper Mike Nwaneri made a save off a shot from senior Arnar Johannsson. Ambrosio put the loose ball into the back of the net to give GW the one-goal advantage in the 79th minute of play.
The Spiders (10-4-5, 7-0-4) struck back five minutes later when Colin Vint put a shot past GW's keeper Derek Biss off a pass from Tim Bezbatchenko. Biss had a strong match, allowing just the single score while making seven saves on 19 Richmond shots.
The two squads battled to a stalemate through the two 10 minute overtime periods to finish the evening in a tie, and give the Colonials the all-important edge to seize the final seed in the conference tournament field.
The Colonials will play in Game 1 of the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship against the No. 3 seed at First Market Stadium on the University of Richmond campus on Thursday, Nov. 13, in a 5:30 pm match. GW could face either Dayton or Temple depending on seeding tiebreakers.