Men's Soccer Hangs On for 3-2 Win Over Fordham
Nov. 9, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington junior midfielder Dave Leon (Williston Park, NY/Kerricks) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead the Colonials men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over visiting Fordham in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at Mount Vernon Field on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon.
The win snapped a six-match winless streak for GW, improving their record to 8-8-2 overall and 2-4-2 in A-10 action. The Rams, who entered the match tied for fifth in the conference standings, fell to 5-9-3, 4-4-0 in the league. It was the Colonials' first win since they defeated Richmond, October 13th.
On a raw and overcast day, where rain seemed just moments away, GW started hot, netting a quick goal in the 6th minute. Kyle Albrecht (Silver Spring, MD/DeMatha Catholic) played the ball to Erick Perez-Segnini (Montgomery Village, MD/Watkins Mill) in the middle of Fordham's half. From there, the sophomore midfielder sent the ball ahead to Andy Stadler (Wauwatosa, WI/Wauwatosa West) on the right side, who managed to say onside as he gathered the perfect pass and chipped it over the keeper's head into the left-half of the net, giving GW the 1-0 lead.
That slim advantage remained for most of the first half, as both sides struggled offensively. In the 38th minute, however, Fordham was able to level the match at one. From just outside the box, Dean Stanic sent a blast on net that ricocheted off a GW defender's head and past their keeper, Matt Scheer (Livingston, NJ/Livingston). The 1-1 tie would remain into halftime.
In the second half, GW wasted little time in taking control of the match, as they scored two goals within the first 11 minutes. On a Colonial attack in the 55th minute, a shot from Mike Briscoe (Waukesha, WI/Waukesha West) was deflected back into the center of the box, where Dave Leon gathered and drilled the ball into the top right corner. Less than two minutes later, Leon struck again. With the keeper pulled out of position, Stadler centered a pass from the goal line to the front of the empty net, where Leon came sliding in and pushed the ball into the left corner, giving GW a 3-1 advantage. After failing to net a goal in his first 40 matches at GW, Leon recorded two goals in a span of 88 seconds on Friday.
Fordham made things close in the 81st minute, as Mike McTigue played the ball from the half line all the way to the 18-yard box. Matt Scheer came out to corral the ball but misjudged it in the air and let it bounce over his head, where Brian Glennon caught up to it and tapped it into the empty net, cutting the GW lead to just one, 3-2. That is as close as the Rams' would come to equalizing the score again, though, as GW's defense clamped down and kept their lead intact.
The Colonials' win, their first over the Rams since 2003, ran their all-time record against Fordham to 8-2-2.
George Washington concludes their 2007 season at Mount Vernon on Sunday, Nov. 11, when they celebrate Senior Day against La Salle (5-10-1, 3-4-0) at 1:00 p.m.
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