Rainy Day, Sunny Result, Men's Soccer Wins First Atlantic 10 Championship, 3-2
Johannsson Named Tournament MVP
Nov. 17, 2002
RICHMOND, VA - George Washington won its first Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship on a rainy and messy field in Richmond, VA, topping the Duquesne Dukes in the closing moments of the match, 3-2.
Duquesne scored quickly in the third minute of the match, when David Gingrinch broke through the defense and beat GW's goalkeeper Eric Lund (Wasilla, AK/Bradenton Academy, FL) with a shot into the lower left corner.
GW tied the match in the 23rd minute when senior midfielder Michael Goldman (Bethesda, MD/Bethesda-Chevy Chase) made a tremendous goal from the left wing off a pass from junior forward Arnar Johannsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/C. C. of Icedland). Goldman's shot from 18 yards out floated above the reach of UD's keeper Terry McNelis, dropping into the goal to knot the match at 1-1.
The two teams would remain tied at the half, and continue the stalemate through the early moments in the second half. GW would break through, when Johannsson scored to give the Colonials the 2-1 edge. Senior forward Matthew Osborne (Bingham Notts, England/Toothill Comprehensive) made an outstanding cross to Johannsson who placed a sliding shot through the pipes past McNelis with 31:56 left in the game.
The Colonials continued to apply the pressure, keeping the ball in DU's half of the field, and the Dukes on defense. The Dukes tied the match at 2-2 on a strange play in the 84th minute. A DU player shot appeared to be saved by a GW defender, but was ruled a goal by the official who judged the player was inside the goal on the save.
With time running out, the Colonials did not panic, making a series of runs at the Dukes' defense. With 1:27 left on the clock, junior midfielder Fabio Andrade (Stoughton, MA/Xaverian) lifted a cross over the keeper's head that Osborne scored on with a diving header, giving the Colonials the 3-2 win.
The Atlantic 10 announced the All-Tournament team, naming Arnar Johannsson the Most Valuable Player. Other Colonials also named to the team were Michael Goldman, Steve Brown and Eric Lund.