Men's Soccer Unveils 2008 Schedule
June 11, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's soccer coach George Lidster released his team's 2008 schedule, which features matches against 2007 NCAA College Cup participants Virginia Tech and Massachusetts, a home match against NCAA Tournament qualifier Loyola (MD) and the eighth annual DC College Cup, in which the Colonials will defend their 2007 title.
GW kicks off its 44th season of intercollegiate soccer Friday, Aug. 29, against George Mason in the opening match of the DC College Cup at American's Reeves Field. The Colonials then face Howard Sunday, Aug. 31. GW topped Howard, 3-2, on Erick Perez-Segnini's game-winning goal with three seconds left in double overtime to clinch the program's first-ever DC Cup title last fall.
The Colonials play five of six remaining non-conference matches away from the District to help prepare for the road-heavy Atlantic 10 portion of the schedule. GW travels to Farmville, VA, on Sept. 5, to face Longwood for the third straight season. The Colonials have split their two meetings with the Lancers, including a 2-1 home victory last fall.
GW hosts defending MAAC champion Loyola (MD) in its lone non-conference tilt at Mount Vernon Field Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3:00 pm. The Colonials were one of only three teams to score at least two goals against the Greyhounds in a 3-2 loss in Baltimore last season. Loyola (MD) finished 19-3-1 overall and lost to Maryland on penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007.
The Colonials begin a stretch of six consecutive road matches with Navy on Tuesday, Sept. 16. GW then visits District-rival American Saturday, Sept. 20, before heading to Mount St. Mary's a week later. The Colonials are 2-0-1 in their last three meetings against the Eagles and knocked off the Mount, 3-2, in overtime at Mount Vernon in 2007.
GW faces its most difficult test of the season Tuesday, Sept. 30, against NCAA semifinalist Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The Hokies finished 14-4-5 overall and No. 3 in the final national rankings after advancing to their first-ever College Cup, where they fell to ACC-rival and eventual national champion Wake Forest, 2-0, in the semifinals. The Colonials lost to the Hokies, 4-3, in double overtime in the programs' last meeting in 2005.
The nine-match A-10 schedule begins with contests at Xavier and Dayton on Friday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 12, respectively. GW returns to Mount Vernon the weekend of Oct. 17, for matches against Temple and Saint Joseph's.
The Colonials close October with a Northeast road swing to Rhode Island and defending A-10 champion and 2007 NCAA semifinalist Massachusetts. The Rams and Minutemen have combined to capture seven of the last nine A-10 Championships, with the Colonials claiming the other two conference crowns in 2002 and 2004. GW plays its final regular-season road match at Richmond Saturday, Nov. 1, before wrapping league play with home matches against Duquesne and St. Bonaventure the weekend of Nov. 7.
Duquesne's Rooney Field will host the six-team Atlantic 10 Championship beginning Thursday, Nov. 13.
GW posted its first winning season since 2004 with a 9-8-2 overall record last fall. The Colonials finished 3-4-2 in A-10 play to miss qualifying for the conference tournament by three points.