Walker, Seniors Lead Men's Soccer to 2-1 Win Over La Salle
Nov. 11, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - Seniors led the way in the George Washington men's soccer team's season finale at Mount Vernon Field Sunday as Abimbola Pedro and Joachim Walker each scored goals and goalkeeper Greg Yahr set a career-high in saves in the Colonials' 2-1 victory against Atlantic 10 rival La Salle.
Pedro scored his sixth goal of the season in the fifth minute and Walker added the game-winner in the 30th as GW closed the season 9-8-2 overall, the program's first winning record since 2004. The Colonials finished with a 3-4-2 mark in Atlantic 10 play.
Yahr turned in a career effort in his final match, making eight saves to up his career total to 143 and earn his 10th career victory in goal.
Sophomore Mike Briscoe hit Pedro in stride at midfield and the senior did the rest, racing past an Explorers defender and beating goalkeeper Andrew Bernhard with a 15-yard, left-footed shot to the lower left corner. Pedro finishes the season with 18 points on six goals and six assists, increasing his career total to 30 points (10 g/10 a) in 46 career matches.
Nearly 25 minutes later, Walker hit a half-volley from 15 yards away that struck the crossbar and crossed the goal line for the game-winning tally. Walker's second goal of the season was assisted by classmate Stuber, who ends his four-year career with 26 points (8 g/10 a). Walker finishes with 11 points (3 g/5 a) in 63 career matches.
La Salle (6-11-1, 4-5-0 A-10) moved to within a goal in the 38th minute when Kevin Lydic got in behind the GW defense and beat Yahr from 15 yards out. Ryan Richter played a long-ball from 40 yards and Devin Ladd headed it over the defense onto an open Lydic.
The Explorers tested Yahr with 20 shots on the afternoon and thought they had a late equalizer in the 89th minute, but Jeremy Ortiz was in an offside position when he collected a rebound in front of the GW net.
GW was outshot 20-11, but equaled La Salle with nine shots on goal. The Colonials held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Bernhard made six saves in the loss.