Farid Al-Awadi's second goal of the game, a diving header with 48 second remaining on the second overtime yesterday, lifted unbeaten George Washington University to a 2-1 soccer victory over Maryland at Francis Recreation Center.
The Colonials (7-0) are ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region and 11th in the nation.
George Washington jumped on top at 31:31 in the first half after Maryland goalkeeper Larry Howell tried to deflect a crossing pass over the net. When the deflection fell short, defender Jim Hudik batted the ball over the net and the Colonials were awarded a penalty kick. Al-Awadi converted, finding the lower left hand corner past the driving Howell.
The Terps came out flying in the second half. Ron McKeever's goal off a cross by Scott Boddery lifted Maryland (2-5) into the tie at 47:50. McKeever took the pass in the air 10 yards in front of the net and beat goalie Jose Suarez.
The Terps pressured the GW net thereafter but two offsides calls stopped breakaways and Brian Feeney's header from five yards out barely went over the crossbar.
The first 10-minute overtime period provided little action and no solid scoring opportunities. But GW pressured and received an indirect free kick with less than a minute left in the second overtime. Maryland set up a four-man wall but substitute half-back Abbas Ghassemi crossed the ball over the wall to the streaking AlAwadi, whose header found the lower right hand corner.
"That was a set play," the elated Al-Awadi said. "Abbas first looks for Pekka (Ahokas) who will either flick the ball toward the net or let it come through to me. This time he let it though and luckily I found the corner of the net."
"Maryland has a very tough defense," winning Coach Georges Edeline said. "But we tried to use the wings later in the game as they bunched up the middle on defense."
This tactic enabled the Colonials to fire 23 shots at the Maryland net. Only Howell kept the score down.