Wild Ride Comes To An End; Men's Soccer Defeated at VCU 2-0
Colonials Lose Second Round NCAA Match To Conclude Amazing Season
Nov. 23, 2004
RICHMOND, VA - The George Washington University men's soccer team's (10-9-4) magical season came to an end Tuesday night as the Colonials fell to the 16th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth University, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sports Backers Stadium.
The Rams (12-5-2) got on the board in the game's 24th minute when senior Gonzalo Segares headed a deflected shot into GW's net, putting VCU up 1-0.
Junior Ricardo Opoku launched a shot from 25-yards out that skidded off GW goalie Derek Biss (Pittsfield, Mass./Northfield Mt. Hermon) and was knocked into the Colonials' net via a header from Segares.
GW fell behind 2-0 a little over 12 minutes into the second half when the Rams penetrated deep into the Colonials' box and took advantage when Biss collided with a VCU player and was knocked unconscious.
Without Biss able to defend the Colonials' goal, GW sophomore Jeremiah Burke (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) had to drop back and miraculously block Rams' junior Mike Aust's shot attempt. But VCU capitalized on a second chance when Opoku knocked in Aust's deflected shot for a score.
Biss had to leave the game and was replaced by freshman goalkeeper Greg Yahr (Waukesha, WI/Waukesha West), who made two big saves for the Colonials.
"I thought VCU was a very talented team," GW head soccer coach George Lidster said. "I thought they played exciting soccer."
GW recorded five shots on goal in the contest, including 20-yard blasts from juniors Andre Chapman (Wilbraham, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) and Ben Mortimer (Leighton Buzzard, England/Cedars Upper) that were denied by Rams' goalie Saul Montero. Montero stopped five shots in the game to earn his sixth shutout of the year.
The loss ended GW's run of 10 straight games, including the Atlantic 10 Championship, without a defeat. The Colonials' second round NCAA Tournament game against VCU was the furthest they have advanced since 1989.
VCU advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament and will face Wake Forest on Saturday.