Abbas Ghassemi scored one goal and assisted on another in overtime as George Washington defeated Catholic, 3-1, yesterday in a Capital Conference soccer game at GW.
The Colonials (4-1) might have won the game in regulation by at least two goals, but missed several excellent scoring chances in the second half. Catholic midfielder Mejri Abdellaziz tied the game in the 87th minute when he caught the GW defenders off guard and scored on a breakaway goal from 25 yards past goalie Luis San Sebastien.
In the overtime periods, GW continued its dominance and finally converted on scoring opportunities. Ghassemi, a senior midfielder, gave the Colonials a 2-1 lead on a goal in the 95th minute set up by a bit of deception.
Fielding an indirect free kick on the right side on which teammate Yusef Farran faked a header, Ghassemi moved quickly past the surprised Catholic defenders and beat Bill Feehan with a hard grounder.
In the second 10-minute overtime, Ghassemi took the ball down the left side before passing back to Farran. The freshman forward was unguarded and had plenty of time to set up before sending a shot through the legs of Feehan in the 108th minute. Catholic is now 2-6.
GW outshot Catholic, 19-3, and showed spurts of brilliance in its ballhandling and teamwork. Ghassemi attributed the Colonials' success to a change in tactics for a team known usually for its defense.
"We've worked a lot on tactics this year, more than in other years," he said. "We move players from one position to the other on the field to try to confuse the defense.