Men’s soccer surges into playoff race

Keeping their playoff hopes alive, the GW men’s soccer team continued its offensive surge with back-to-back wins over Xavier and Dayton last weekend. The Colonials beat the Flyers 3-1 Sunday after defeating the Musketeers 4-2 Friday.

With two victories at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex, GW is back in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth.

Before the weekend, the Colonials were four points away from the sixth and final spot in the league standings. With two wins, GW (4-8-3, 3-3-2 A-10) is in seventh place, only one point behind La Salle, which sits in sixth place.

The top six teams advance to the A-10 Tournament, which will be held at Mount Vernon next month.

On Sunday, the Colonials dominated Dayton (8-6-1, 5-3-0 A-10) in the second half, scoring three goals after intermission. The Flyers took a 1-0 lead as the first half wound down, but juniors Frank Ambrosio and Andrew Chapman provided all the offense the Colonials needed.

Chapman scored once and Ambrosio netted two goals to give GW the win.

The Colonials’ offense also clicked on Friday in a victory over Xavier (4-10-1, 2-4-1 A-10).

“It was a great feeling (to win),” senior co-captain Matt Miller said Friday. “It was a game we had to win or our season would be over.”

Junior Andre Chapman had a career-high five points in helping the Colonials to their first winning streak of the season after a victory over St. Bonaventure last week. GW has now won three in a row.

“We played pretty well,” Chapman said Friday. “We’re finally getting things together. We need to keep up the intensity and play strong all the time.”

The Colonials struck first Friday when junior Steve Brown sent a long pass to Chapman, who slipped between two defenders and scored to give GW an early 1-0 lead at 11:03. Brown’s assist placed him tied for ninth on GW’s all-time career assists list.

The Colonials were not done scoring. Nearly three minutes later, Miller crossed a pass to Chapman, who scored another goal to make it a 2-0 lead going into the second half.

Xavier got onto the scoreboard at the 59:25 mark with a header on a free kick to make it 2-1. GW struck back nearly five minutes later when junior Trevor Martin headed his first goal of the year off a corner kick for a 3-1 score.

The Musketeers added one more goal to make the score 3-2, but Ambrosio put the game away with less than a minute on the clock on an open net breakaway goal.

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