Men's Soccer Edged By Eagles, 1-0
American Penalty Kick Proves to be the Difference
Nov. 23, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington's season came to an end after their NCAA Championship first round match versus American University on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Reeves Field on the Eagles' campus. A late first half penalty kick by AU gave the host a 1-0 victory in front of 1,876 fans, the majority of which were from GW.
The Colonials (13-9-0) played in their first NCAA Tournament since 1989, and battled the Eagles (13-7-1) to a stalemate for the entire match, with the only score coming on a penalty kick awarded in the 43rd minute of the first half. AU's Michael Grinsfelder was awarded a foul in the box when a GW defender appeared to clip him on a run on goal.
Eagles' midfielder Shawn Kurkendall converted the penalty kick past Colonials' keeper Eric Lund, who anticipated the direction of the shot, but dove over the low blast into the net.
GW applied more pressure in the second half, but was unable to score despite a number of strong runs at AU's goal. Perhaps the best chance came in the final minute of play when sophomore midfielder Matt Miller made run up the left wing and served the ball into the box. Junior midfielder Fabio Andrade made a solid shot toward the low right corner, but AU's keeper, Michael Behonick, made a spectacular save to deny the Colonials the tying score.
For the match, GW out-shot AU 14-10 with seven of the attempts on goal. Lund made five saves for the match.