The fortunes of the George Washington University men's soccer team have rested on the shoulders of forward Mario Lone for three years. When he has scored this season, the team is 4-0.
But when Lone, a Bullis School graduate, is shut down, the Colonials are easily stopped. William and Mary found a way to keep Lone off the scoreboard yesterday, then cashed in itself in overtime to grab a 1-0 victory at Francis Field.
The Tribe (6-4-2) controlled the tempo much of the second half but couldn't beat Colonials goalkeeper Chris Yorke. Then, in the 96th minute, the Tribe's Eric Dumbleton was pulled down by Andrew Morrison in the Colonials' end. On the indirect kick, Ali Ghassemi tapped the ball to his right to Kieran McCarthy, who directed a strong kick from 25 yards into the top right side of the net.
"We have not been able to produce opportunites to score goals," Tribe Coach Al Albert said. "But neither team is explosive. We have no one like Mario to score. He rushed his shots early and then never really got chances."
The Colonials (4-4-3) have lost to the Tribe three straight years by the same score. Coming off its best season ever last year with a berth in the NCAA tournament, GW has relied primarily on Lone for scoring; he has five of the team's 11 goals.
Lone's best chance came five minutes after the Tribe's goal, when he headed Morrison's throw-in off the corner of the crossbar and right post. Of Lone's nine shots, six came early in the first half when play was scrappy and there were no serious scoring chances. Overall, the Colonials outshot the Tribe, 19-17.
The Tribe's leading scorer, junior forward Maurice Smith, was held in check but John Siner (Springfield) had excellent chances. William and Mary swarmed the Colonials' net to start the second half and Siner tested Yorke with a low kick toward the left corner that was kicked away. Yorke also made a diving save on Dave Viscovich's shot in the 35th minute.
Maryland 6, UDC 1: In College Park, junior forward Paul Boardman scored three goals to lead the Terrapins (6-4-1) over the Division II Firebirds (2-4-1). Last year UDC upset Maryland.
Edgar Cabrera put the Firebirds ahead in the 26th minute, but Boardman and Nigel Burdett responded later in the half.
Boardman, who now has a team-high eight goals, scored twice in the second half and John Garvey and Mike Painter added goals late in the match.
Women: In Charlottesville, top-ranked Virginia got goals from Andrea Rubio at 59:54 and Amanda Cromwell at 68:46 to defeat James Madison, 2-0, and improve its record to 12-0. Cindi Kunihiro and Tracy DiMillio assisted on the shots.
Maryland (4-6) defeated Maryland-Baltimore County, 3-0, in College Park. Tania Sheremeta, Dawn Davidson and Dianne Taylor scored the goals.