Men's Soccer Downs Defending League Champ George Washington 2-1
Oct. 9, 2005
October 9, 2005
CINCINNATI - Sophomore forward Jon Enders scored the game tying and game winning goals in the contests' last ten minutes to propel the Xavier University men's soccer team past George Washington, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the XU Soccer Complex. With the victory XU improves to 2-7-2 on the season and 1-0-1 in Atlantic 10 play. GW slips to 3-5-2, 0-2-0.
The Colonials won the 2004 Atlantic 10 Tournament and returned 10 starters from that squad this season.
The win marked Xavier's first over George Washington since October 24, 1997 when XU took home a 3-2 victory.
Enders' game winner came at 88:38. Sophomore Matt Soldano controlled the ball outside of the goal box and served it towards the net. Junior forward Toni Skudrzik hit a header that was saved by GW goalie Greg Yahr but Yahr was unable to control it and the ball deflected towards Enders who struck a header into an open net.
That goal proved to be the difference but GW nearly knotted the score up at two in the closing seconds. Colonial forward Steve Brown took a shot from the top of the box that was saved by XU keeper Liam Curran to preserve the Xavier victory.
Enders' first goal of the day came at 81:49 and knotted the score up at one a piece. Sophomore midfielder Joe Fleckenstein controlled a pass from classmate Jimmy Cummings deep in GW's zone and earned a corner kick. Matt Kmetz took the corner and found Enders deep in the box who hit a header into the middle of the goal for his third goal of the season.
Xavier out shot GW by a 20-to-13 count and had a 5-to-4 edge in shots on goal.
Curran was outstanding once again for the Musketeers. The junior made three saves on the afternoon. Yahr made three saves in net for GW.
George Washington's goal came at 22:07. Arutro Pedroso struck a corner kick into the Xavier box that was controlled by Abimbola Pedro. Pedro hit a header inside the near post to give GW the early lead.
The Musketeers are back in action on Friday, October 14 when they take on Charlotte. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in North Carolina.