Khan's Golden Goal Propels GW Men's Soccer to Atlantic 10 Championship Game

Senior Yoni Berhanu netted the first goal of the contest in GW's 2-1 double-overtime win over La Salle in the Atlantic 10 semifinal match.

Nov. 12, 2011

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ST. LOUIS - Freshman Farhan Khan netted his first career goal in golden fashion on Friday evening at Saint Louis University's Robert R. Herman Stadium when his tally at 7:55 into the second overtime period lifted the George Washington men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over La Salle to send the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time in seven years.

It marks GW's first trip to the conference championship game since the 2004 season, when the Buff and Blue last earned the A-10 crown. On Sunday, GW will face No. 6 seed Xavier, which posted back-to-back upsets over third-seeded Charlotte and top-seeded Fordham in the first two rounds, to earn a spot in the tournament finale for the second straight year.

The 108-minute semi-final match between second-seeded GW and No. 5 seed La Salle looked like it might be decided by penalty kicks, when fellow freshman Joe Holleran flicked a flawless close-range pass to Khan just feet from the net, and Khan fired the ball into the left corner. The Colonials' bench cleared as the players rushed the field in a celebratory dog pile as the squad notched its first overtime victory of the 2011 season.

Friday's contest marks the third 10-win season for GW since its last conference championship berth, and the ninth of 24-year head coach George Lidster's tenure with the Colonials. The match was also the 201st career victory for the 2011 A-10 Coach of the Year.

Senior Yoni Berhanu proved why he was named the conference's Midfielder of the Year when he got GW on the board just 16:24 into action. Berhanu cradled a pass from the center of the field from classmate Jake Davis and sent a bullet past Explorer goalkeeper John McCarthy's right hand for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

La Salle netted an equalizer just over three minutes before the break at the 41:49 mark when Andrew Lill sent a long free kick from just inside the midfield line, and Rob McIntyre headed the ball to the right side of the net past Colonials' keeper Brendan Lafferty.

It was a defensive battle throughout the remainder of the contest as neither team could score through the next 45 minutes of regulation. La Salle held a 17-9 shot advantage heading into the first overtime, but it was GW that registered all five shots in the first extra period.

The Colonials also held a 3-1 shot advantage in the second overtime when Khan's golden goal sealed the Explorers' fate.

GW will face No. 6 Xavier on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT. Links to a free live video feed and GAMETRACKER will be made available on Sunday.



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