A three-minute lapse early in Tuesday’s men’s soccer game at Howard University cost the Colonials as they fell 4-1 on the wet artificial turf of Howard Stadium.
GW was stunned by three Howard goals in the 16th, 17th and 18th minutes, led by Carlington Clarke, who had a goal and two assists in that span. Clarke’s 25-yard shot looped over the head of GW goaltender Michael Jelencovich, who was caught cheating off the line. Howard’s Hasim Anderson deflected a Clarke pass in for the second goal, and Damion Delgado chipped the ball into the goal, stunning the GW defense for the third score.
GW struck back in the 40th minute when freshman forward Matthew Osborne looped a 20-yard shot over Howard goalkeeper Lyndon Burgess. GW’s offense managed 14 shots in the game, forcing Burgess to make five saves.
Howard scored the only second-half goal in the 85th minute when Damion Virtue beat the onrushing Colonial goalkeeper Nick Parypinski, who replaced Jelencovich at halftime. The two GW goalies combined for seven saves in the game.
The Colonials look to end their four-game skid Sunday as they begin their Atlantic 10 season by hosting Virginia Tech.