Colonials Advance to A-10 Seminfinals
Nov. 11, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Frank Ambrosio scored in the 67th minute to lift the fourth-seeded GW men's soccer team (8-8-3) to a 1-0 victory over fifth-seeded Rhode Island (12-8-1) in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.
Against the Rams, the Colonials were denied on several scoring opportunities until sophomore Jeremiah Burke played the ball to junior Trevor Martin, who found Ambrosio alone on the right side of the box. Ambrosio wound up and ripped a shot just inside the far post at 66:19 to provide the winning margin. The goal was his sixth tally of the season and moved him into a tie with Paul Calvo and Matt Nesbitt for 28th on GW's career points list with 36.
With the victory, the Colonials advance to the tournament's semifinal round where they will take on top-seeded Duquesne at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12.
The triumph also extended the Colonials' winning streak to seven matches, their longest since opening the 1979 campaign with seven wins. The triumph also marked GW's fourth consecutive shutout, one shy of the team record of five set in 1990. Junior keeper Derek Biss made five saves in the contest to earn his fourth blanking of the year, surpassing his previous season-high of three shutouts established last season.
GW held NCAA goals leader Sasha Gotsmanov to four shots, only two of which were on goal. Emerson Aquilera and Lukasz Tumicz each recorded two shots in the match for the Rams, while Dean Ruddy made five saves between the posts.
In the tournament's other first-round pairing, third-seeded Temple defeated sixth-seeded La Salle, 1-0. Temple will square off against the second seed, Dayton, following GW's match with the Dukes.