The GW men’s soccer team continued to struggle this weekend, losing two games at the Adidas Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Colonials fell to 1-6 on the season after a 6-0 loss to No. 7 Santa Clara University (NSCAA) Saturday night and a 3-1 defeat to the University of San Francisco on Friday. Junior midfielder Matt Miller called both games “as close to must-win games as (they) can be” last week.
GW has a long way to go if it hopes to gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. After seven games last season, the Colonials were 4-3.
Miller said his teammates hoped the West Coast trip would rejuvenate the Colonials but that it was still a great experience despite the two losses.
“It’s always hard when you lose, especially when you go cross country to play,” Miller said. “But the results of the games look a lot worse than they really are.”
Santa Clara dominated GW on Saturday night, out-shooting the Colonials 21-0. The Broncos scored four first-half goals and added two more in the second frame.
“(Santa Clara) was a really good team,” Miller said. “We had no chance of beating them (Saturday). We tried changing a few things in our lineup and game plan but it didn’t quite work.”
Goals are hard to come by when playing the Broncos, who have allowed only one this season. The single blip came Sept. 7 against then- fourth-ranked Southern Methodist University, a game the Broncos won 3-1.
The Colonials could not generate much offense against the Dons either.
San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute when Ben Stuart snuck a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Derek Biss. The Dons then added to their lead in the second half on goals by Nick Kounalakis and Jonathan Povey in the 49th and 75th minutes, respectively.
The only offense the Colonials mustered came with three seconds left in the game, when senior forward Arnar Johannsson converted a penalty kick after a San Francisco foul in the box.
“We matched up well with (San Francisco), but the goals we let up came after some mental lapses,” Miller said. “If we played them 10 times we’d beat them eight out of ten times.”
Miller added that in order to improve, the Colonials need to start having fun on the field again.
“The reason we came to play here is because we love to play soccer,” he said. “It’s a big-time commitment and we wouldn’t be playing if we didn’t love the game. We hope we can come together as a team and start having fun again.”
The Colonials look to rebound at home on Saturday when they take on Towson University at 1 p.m.