Sept. 20, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 non-conference decision to cross-town rivals George Washington on Saturday at Reeves Field. The Eagles fall to 3-4-1, while the Colonials improve to 3-2-1.
Neither team was able to mount much of an offense until 13 minutes into the game when the Colonials forced a give away from about 30 yards from the Eagles goal that sprung Andy Stadler for a breakaway. Stadler made no mistake and tucked the ball past AU keeper Matt Makowski to the lower right corner to give GW a 1-0 lead.
Makowski was tested again on another AU defensive break down that led to a Ryan Ruffing one-on-one. Ruffing tried to place the ball to the same spot Stadler found success, but Makowski would not be fooled twice and sent the ball wide right to keep the deficit at one with just over 24 minutes left in the half.
The Eagles finally got their offense going with five minutes remaining in the first half. Anthony Moy took a shot that was blocked and sent back into the mix by AU. Tremaine Chinapoo was fouled just outside of the box by Nikolay Aleksandrov that resulted in a yellow card and a free kick opportunity. Moy's shot off the restart was heading to the upper left corner but Colonials keeper Matt Scheer got a hand on it and sent it wide for a corner and GW took a 1-0 lead into the break.
AU came out pressing for the equalizer in the second half. Moy continued to be the Eagles' offensive spark and created their best chance of the game with 34 minutes left in the game with a three-on-one opportunity. He found Cameron Petty in front of the goal but Scheer came up with a big save.
GW responded to the AU threat and upped its lead to 2-0 just over two minutes later when a long ball was lofted into the box by Yoni Berhanu that found Stadler. Stadler took a touch and volleyed his shot past Makowski for the score.
Though AU continued to send balls into the box, they couldn't get on the scoreboard and GW held on for the 2-0 win.
"We haven't had a consistent effort from our top guys especially in the attacking position," said AU head coach Todd West. "Win or lose Tuesday [at No. 4 Maryland] we need to find a competitive team spirit and carry it into the start of Patriot League play on Saturday at Army."
Makowski finished with two saves, while Scheer made four stops for the Colonials.
AU held a 12-9 advantage in shots and each team took four corners.