George Washington's struggling soccer team enjoyed a rare combination of good play and good luck to defeat the University of the District of Columbia, 2-1, yesterday at UDC.
Senior Mohsen Miri scored the game-winner in the 80th minute for the Colonials, fielding a nice cross from the right side from Ali Reza Azizrad and knocking it past UDC goalkeeper Jorge Alvial and into the left corner of the net.
"People look at our record (6-6-1) and wonder what's wrong with us," noted GW Coach Georges Edeline, whose teams have played in NCAA postseason competition twice in his eight years at the Foggy Bottom school. "They don't understand that we're in a big transition.
The firebirds (9-3) struck first on a goal in the eighth minute by leading scorer Luis Felipe Romero, who handled a centering pass from Theophilus Botchway and slipped the ball past GW goalkeeper Leonardo Costas. But George Washington capitalized on an error by Alvial in the last 10 seconds of the half as Abbas Ghassemi pounced on a rebound off Alvial's chest to tie the game at 1.
In other soccer yesterday, Pablo Migoya scored in the second overtime on an assist from Francisco Llosa as Montgomery College-Rockville (12-2-1) defeated host Essex Community College, 2-1, to win the Maryland state junior college championship.
Virginia's Mike Ageson scored both goals as the Cavaliers came from behind at the University of Baltimore, 2-1.
North Carolina (15-2-1) defeated host Maryland (3-10), 2-0.