Considering the GW men’s soccer team spent over half of Saturday night’s game against Radford University down a man, a 1-1 tie was not a bad result.
Junior Trevor Martin was forced to leave the game at the 42:46 mark after referees assessed him his second yellow card of the night. Since two yellow cards equate to one red, Martin missed the rest of Saturday night’s game and will be forced to sit out GW’s next contest.
“It really could have killed our momentum,” senior Matt Miller said. “But we kept playing through as a team, even though we were a man down. That really showed how strong of a team we are.”
Senior co-captain Trent Wilee was equally impressed with the Colonials’ ability to bounce back from the tough situation. The Colonials, he said, stayed aggressive even without Martin on the field.
“Anytime you see a red card you just say, ‘Oh, crap,'” he said. “But there’s nothing you can do to prepare for it. You just have to adapt, and that’s what we did.”
GW is now 1-1-1 after splitting two games at the D.C. College Cup Sept. 4-6.
“Even with 10 men we played (Radford) off the field,” Wilee said. “We had our chances and it was a shame we didn’t win, but I was really very happy with the way everyone played.”
Junior Jon Allen scored the only GW goal at the 19:38 mark to give GW a 1-0 lead. Junior Frank Ambrosio and freshman Matt Davis picked up assists on the play.
After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Highlanders (1-0-2) responded at the 50:09 mark when Junior Patrick Colas scored his second goal of the season. For the rest of regulation, as well as two overtimes, it remained a tough, defensive-minded match that ended in a stalemate.
“We played a good game,” Miller said. “We got up early and dominated play most of the game. It’s the little mental mistakes which kill us, but we are a young team and are coming together very well.”
Radford out-shot the Colonials 10-9 in the game. In the overtime periods, GW’s offense woke up but could not break through. In the first overtime, GW and Radford had one shot each. In the second extra frame, GW had two shots and Radford had none.
Sophomore defender Jeremiah Burke was out again for Saturday’s match after a leg injury sidelined him in the first game of the season. Injuries, like red cards, Wilee said, are tough to prepare for.
“He’s a winner, it’s been tough without him,” Wilee said. “But it’s just an injury. Everyone’s pretty versatile and can step up to help.”
Miller is one player who has come to the Colonials’ aid. The co-captain, whose natural position is midfielder, has been playing defense in Burke’s absence.
The Colonials will travel across the District Wednesday to take on the American University Eagles at 3 p.m.