Two road wins last weekend would have put the GW men’s soccer team in strong positioning for a late Atlantic 10 playoff push, but the Colonials settled for a split with a win at Duquesne Friday and a loss at St. Bonaventure Sunday.
The 1-0 win at Duquesne and 2-1 loss to St. Bonaventure gave the Colonials a respectable 5-3 A-10 record (8-5-2 overall), good enough for 15 points. GW’s playoff hopes rest on the Colonials’ performance at home next weekend when playoff-seeking Xavier and Dayton come to South Riding Field.
GW’s Matthew Osborne has become an offensive machine for the Colonials as the junior scored the team’s only two goals over the weekend.
St. Bonaventure 2, GW 1Sunday, Oct. 22
The Colonials lost 2-1 Sunday to the host Bonnies, despite Osborne’s team-leading 12th goal. The loss was a tough one for GW, which lost to a weaker Bonnies (5-11, 3-5 A-10) team only two days after defeating a solid Duquesne squad.
Osborne’s goal came in the 86th minute when he scored off an assist from teammate Kevin Kummerle. It was Kummerle’s first collegiate assist. The late goal was all the Colonials could muster, having failed to score on their other 11 shots.
St. Bonaventure got on the scoreboard early in the match when Johnny Phoumanny beat GW’s Nick Parypinski in the 14th minute. The Bonnies held a 1-0 lead from that point until the 79th minute, when Anthony Battaglia scored on a ball bobbled and mishandled by Parypinski.
GW 1, Duquesne 0Friday, Oct. 20
It did not take Matthew Osborne long to strike for the Colonials. In fact, it took only two minutes for Osborne to score the one and only goal of the game. The unassisted goal was Osborne’s 11th of the season and gave GW its first goal in two weeks. Parypinski made three saves and had thepressure on throughout as Duquesne (7-8-2, 4-3-1 A-10) made 18 shots and forced 12 corner kicks.