Oct. 28, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The American University men's soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision at Virginia on Tuesday to end its five-game unbeaten streak. The Eagles got a pair of goals from freshman Jack Scott in their final non-conference match of the season.
American (7-6-2) played the first five minutes deep in Virginia territory. The Eagles got a great opportunity early as Colin Zizzi found Mike Worden in the box just over eight minutes into the game. Worden did a nice move to beat Howard Turk but sent a curling shot just wide left.
Virginia (9-5-1) earned its first shot of the game in the sixth minute when Brian Ownby broke free down the left side and forced Makowski to make a diving save. Ownby was at it again just seconds later when he put a ball across the box to a wide-open Matt Mitchell who put the ball away for a 1-0 Cavalier lead.
The Eagles found themselves down 2-0 late in the second half on an Ownby goal from Jonathan Villanueva and looked to cut the deficit in half with just under five minutes to play off a corner kick, but Jon Freimark's header sailed right into the hands of Cavalier keeper Mike Giallombardo. AU was at it again with 3:12 remaining in the half when Luis Martinez found Jack Scott on a through ball, which he finished far post, but was whistled offsides and the Eagles entered the intermission down 2-0.
American possessed the ball for two straight minutes coming out of the break, but Virginia used a counter-attack to score its third goal of the contest, a Villanueva tally at 47:33. The Eagles continued to press and finally got on the scoreboard with 27:15 remaining in the game when Worden got in behind the Cavalier defense and sent a ball to the 12-yard spot where Scott put a shot away for his second goal of the season, making it 3-1. Virginia came right back though, taking the kick-off right to the AU goal and Villanueva beat incumbent Eagles keeper Ryan Leonard to score his second of the game to make it 4-1.
With 21:21 remaining in the game, Scott scored his second of the game on a through-ball from Mark Wysocki, and the Eagles trailed 4-2. AU would get hold the majority of opportunities the rest of the way out, but were unable to score, falling by the two-goal deficit.
Makowski made three saves in 62:35 of play before being replaced in goal by Leonard. Leonard made three saves as well in the final 27:25.
The Eagles will return to Patriot League play on Saturday night at 7:30 when they play at Colgate.