The American University men's soccer team came up on the short end of a 2-0 decision to William and Mary on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon at Reeves Field.
William and Mary (3-2) scored one goal in each half, which proved to be enough for the victory. In the 26th minute, the Tribe's Andrew Hoxie fired a free kick from just outside the goalbox into the back left corner of the net to give William and Mary a 1-0 lead. The Tribe added a second goal in the 52nd minute on an Alan Koger header, which snuck over the outstretched arms of American goalkeeper Matt Makowski. Jeremy Harris was credited with the assist for William and Mary.
American (2-3) outshot William and Mary in the match, 18-10, and both teams fired five shots on goal. Junior Daniel Shannon led the Eagles with six shots, including three on goal. Senior Colin Zizzi recorded two shots on goal on four total shots.
The best scoring opportunity for the Eagles came in the 23rd minute when freshman Ryan Morales hit the left post with a short-range shot. William and Mary goalkeeper Andrew McAdams was solid in net for the Tribe, recording five saves in his second shutout of the season.
"I think the thing that troubled us the most today was them (William and Mary) sitting back and looking to counterattack us," commented American Head Coach Todd West following the match. "I think the biggest thing for us is keeping a positive mentality. We think we have a very talented team...we just have to keep working, and good things will follow."
The Eagles will return to the pitch on Wednesday, September 23rd when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. Match time is set for 7 p.m.