Late Bona Goal Ends Men's Soccer's A-10 Playoff Push
Colonials Lose Tiebreaker for Final Spot in A-10 Championship
Nov. 9, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Erick Perez-Segnini's goal in the fifth minute put the George Washington men's soccer team in front, but St. Bonaventure netted goals in the 57th and 76th minutes to defeat the Colonials, 2-1, in both teams' regular-season finale at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
The loss kept GW (8-6-3, 4-3-2 A-10) even with Rhode Island (8-7-3, 4-3-2 A-10) in sixth place in the final Atlantic 10 standings and forced a second tiebreaking procedure due to a 1-1 draw between the teams' last month. URI earned the tiebreaker and the league's sixth seed by virtue of a 2-1-1 record (seven points) against common conference opponents (UMass, Duquesne, SBU, Richmond), with GW posting a 2-2-0 mark (six points).
St. Bonaventure (6-6-4, 4-4-1 A-10) took advantage of a poor clearance to score its game-winner in the 76th minute. Following a skied clearance, Kevin Okapal won a 50-50 header challenge to Matt Culo on the right side of the box. Culo raced in and put a right-footed shot into the left corner from the edge of the six-yard box for the decisive tally.
The Colonials took the lead just 4:49 into the match on junior Kyle Albrecht's floating-cross setup to Perez-Segnini. Albrecht maneuvered around a defender on the right side of the 18-yard box and lofted a ball to the far post where Perez-Segnini ran into space for an open header to the left side.
The Bonnies pulled even at 56:02 when leading scorer Samuel Maheu beat a defender to a bouncing loose ball inside the box and drilled a half-volley past GW redshirt goalkeeper Matt Scheer.
Injury-ravaged GW survived a SBU surge after the equalizer and eventually began to take control midway through the second period. The Colonials had five strong scoring opportunities in an 8-minute span between the 63rd and 71st minutes, but couldn't find a way past goalkeeper David Flynn, who finished with nine saves on 16 shots faced. The best chance came in the 71st, when junior Andy Stadler broke free near the top of the 18, but Flynn made a sliding, one-handed stop to preserve the 1-1 tie.
Scheer, who, along with classmate Dave Leon, was honored with a Senior Day ceremony, finished with three saves on 11 shots faced in his final collegiate match. Scheer ends his career with 97 saves in 30 career matches, while Leon posted 16 points (4g/8a) in 57 career games.