Rebounding from two losses in Boston, George Washington defeated Georgetown, 1-0, yesterday on Mario Lone's first-half goal in the Colonials' inaugural game at Francis Field.
Gary Walker started GW's scoring play by dribbling down the left side and centering the ball to Sami Hijazi. Hijazi, whose back was to the goal, headed the ball to Lone on the right. Lone trapped it, stopped and faked Hoyas goalie Bryan Gowdy to the left.
As Gowdy dove, Lone moved to the right past the sprawled goalie and knocked in the ball from 10 feet. It was the former Bullis High School star's first goal of the season. Last year, he set the Colonials' single-season scoring record with 19 goals.
George Washington (1-2) dominated the game, taking 19 shots on goal to Georgetown's nine. The Hoyas pressed the attack in the second half, but never really tested junior goalie Chris Yorke.
"We gave them too much space to play," said Georgetown Coach Keith Tabatznik. The Hoyas (1-1) opened their season with a 1-0 win over Mary Washington.
The Colonials had been ranked in the preseason polls for the first time, at No. 20, but dropped out this week because of the losses in Boston. GW lost, 6-1, to Boston University last Friday and by 3-0 on Sunday to Boston College.
"We were bothered by the AstroTurf in Boston, said Lone, a junior, "and our team wasn't mentally prepared. This win will get us focused and we'll learn from our mistakes we made up there."
GW Coach George Lidster dismissed the Boston losses to early season errors but acknowleged his team still has a long way to go before it can return to the NCAA playoffs.
"We're still too stretched out," he said. "We have to improve on finishing our chances."