Stadler's Senior Day Hat Trick Lifts Men's Soccer Past Massachusetts, 3-0
Nov. 8, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - Hermann Trophy candidate Andy Stadler sent him and his senior teammates out in style, recording his second career hat trick to propel the George Washington men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Massachusetts in both teams' season finale at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
GW concludes its season 10-8-0 overall, the 13th time reaching double-digit victories in the program's 45-year history. The Colonials finish 4-5-0 in Atlantic 10 play, three points shy of the sixth and final league playoff berth.
Stadler's hat trick - his second of the season - increases his team- and Atlantic 10-leading total to 13 goals. He finishes his 60-match career fourth all-time in program history with 35 goals and fifth all-time with 83 points (35g/13a).
Stadler netted his fifth game-winning goal of season and 14th of his career in the 20th minute off senior Nikolay Aleksandrov's 40-yard long-ball service. Stadler settled the long pass with his chest and volleyed a shot past UMass goalkeeper Shane Curran-Hays from 12 yards away. Senior Mike Rollings was credited with an assist on the play.
The Minutemen were reduced to 10 players following Chris Roswess' red card in the 74th minute and the Colonials put the match away with two goals in the final 11 minutes. Stadler linked on a through-ball with sophomore Yoni Berhanu for his second goal of the match in the 80th minute. Rollings added a second assist on the play to finish with 10 points (4g/2a) on the season and 33 points for his career. Berhanu paced GW with six assists this season and finished with 14 points (4g/6a).
Stadler capped his decorated career with an 87th minute goal after freshman Mattia Melillo dispossessed a UMass midfielder and sent Stadler alone in the 18-yard box.
Massachusetts (7-7-3, 4-5-0 A-10) saw its top two scoring chances strike the post and GW freshman goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty made four saves for his third shutout of the season. Ben Arikian struck the post on a free kick in the 15th minute and Dominic Skrajewski's header out of a free kick bounced into the post before being swatted away by Lafferty in the 78th minute. Lafferty also made a diving stop on Matthew Hess' 12-yard equalizer attempt in the 43rd minute.
The Colonials recognized 11 student-athletes prior to their final match at Mount Vernon - Byron Walker, Mike Holland, Kyle Albrecht, Andrew Kroculick, Erick Perez-Segnini, Andy Stadler, Mike Briscoe, Mike Rollings, Will Doar, Luke Wildy and Nikolay Aleksandrov.
The victory was the 188th of head coach George Lidster's 22-year career, placing him in the Top 50 of NCAA Division I's active coaches. It was also his eighth season with 10-or-more victories.