For 77 minutes yesterday, American University's soccer team did everything right, except put the ball in the net.

Finally, after four AU shots hit either the post or crossbar, sophomore Chris Morgan scored a disputed goal with 13 minutes left to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over Navy in a Colonial Athletic Association game at American.

The Eagles kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive with one week left in the regular season. AU is 4-1-1 in the CAA, 9-5-2 overall. Navy is 2-5, 8-8-1.

William and Mary leads the conference with a 5-1 record, followed by AU and George Mason (5-1-1). The 13th-ranked Indians play at James Madison Saturday night and the Eagles meet Richmond next Wednesday.

The winner of the CAA regular season receives an automatic bid to the tournament. If William and Mary beats Madison, it clinches the CAA title. A loss by the Indians and an AU win would put the Eagles and Mason in a tie, with AU winning the tie-breaker.

A three-way tie would give William and Mary the title.

American had many more chances than the Midshipmen, with big advantages in shots (13-4) and corner kicks (13-1). The Eagles had five corner kicks in the first 15 minutes and maintained the pressure.

Morgan's goal left Navy Coach Greg Myers, claiming the AU forward was offside.

With the ball at midfield, Navy's defense tried to trap AU offside by rushing forward. AU sophomore Mike Ioannou chipped the ball over Navy's defensive line. Morgan broke loose on the right wing and beat Midshipmen goalkeeper Mike Ulses with a low shot from 18 yards.

"I didn't think I was offside," said Morgan, who is from Jamaica. "I was just behind the defenseman. It was a good ball from Mike and it took a forward spin. The goalie came out and then went back, so I hit it low."

The linesman signaled Morgan was offside, but the referee ignored the call.

"The lineman's flag went up," Myers said. "I don't know the referee's rationale for not recognizing that call."

Navy defenseman Leon Wilson said, "He {Morgan} was two or three feet offside. The linesman made the call but the referee didn't."

However, it seemed it was just a matter of time before the Eagles would score. They had nine corner kicks in the first half and junior John Diffley hit the crossbar twice in the last 2:30 of the half.

After Morgan's goal, the Midshipmen nearly tied it, but Kevin Jauch's 10-yard blast went off the crossbar. The Eagles' Frode Willumsen hit the crossbar six minutes into the second half, and bounced a ball off the right post from 20 yards out with 21 minutes left.

"They did what they wanted to do," Myers said. "We played soft. We didn't play well at all. We were under siege all day."

George Mason 4, Richmond 0:

George Mason University finished its Colonial Athletic Association season with the victory. With one week remaining in their regular season, the Patriots (12-4-3 and 5-1-1 in the CAA) remain in contention for first place in the CAA with William and Mary.

Maryland 1, Howard 1:

Samana Zulu scored off a feed from Sheldon Jones at 102:20 to momentarily put the Bison (2-8-3) ahead of the Terps (8-5-4) in the second overtime, but moments later Gus deLucia scored for Maryland to tie it up.