Richmond Defeats AU Men’s Soccer 1-0 in Final Exhibition Match

Richmond Defeats AU Men’s Soccer 1-0 in Final Exhibition Match

The American University men's soccer team travelled to the University of Richmond for its second and final exhibition game Tuesday evening, and came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision.

The Eagles lone goal allowed came in the fourth minute of action on an own-goal. The Spiders' Jed Antoun was credited with the tally.

American outshot Richmond 19-7 in the match, including 9-2 in the second half, although the Eagles couldn't push a game-tying goal past Richmond's goalkeeper, Brock Tomlinson. Junior Nick Kapus and senior Nidhal Charfi each recorded four shots for AU. Kapus was responsible for three of American's eight shots on goal.   

Senior Ryan Leonard played all 90 minutes in net for the Eagles, allowing only one goal and recording three saves.

"Tonight, we were able to get a lot of guys opportunities against a good team, so that was a positive," said American Head Coach Todd West. "We have the next seven days to get ourselves mentally and physically prepared to play two challenging games in the D.C. College Cup. We're looking forward to getting the season underway."

American's regular season opener will be next Wednesday, September 2, in the D.C. College Cup versus local-rival George Washington. The match will be played on the campus of George Mason in Fairfax, Va. First kick is scheduled for 5 p.m.