Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Defeats George Washington 2-1 in Double Overtime

The Minutemen will face Dayton next Friday. (file photo)

The Minutemen will face Dayton next Friday. (file photo)
Oct. 10, 2004

WASHINGTON - Junior Tim Kitchell's (Pompton Plains, N.J.) golden goal in the 105th minute gave Massachusetts a 2-1 double overtime win over Atlantic 10 rival George Washington on Sunday afternoon. The win was the 150th UMass win for head coach Sam Koch and the 208th of his career.

Massachusetts improves to 4-6-2 overall, 1-1-2 in the Atlantic 10, while George Washington falls to 1-7-3, 0-2-2.

"We fought hard today especially after being on such a long road stretch," said Koch. "That was a great goal by [Tim] Kitchell for the win and I thought Nick Billman played well for us in goal making some excellent saves."

Kitchell managed to head the ball into goal from point-blank range following a scrum in front of the net following a UMass throw-in. Sophomore Ralph Pace (Boston, Va.) managed to flip the ball into the air allowing Kitchell to strike the ball into the air with the back of his head for his first goal of the season. The ball richocetted off the cross bar and crossed the goal line giving UMass its first A-10 win of the season.

"Hopefully that was the lucky bounce which will help propel the team through the rest of the season," said Kitchell following the game.

Freshman goalkeeper Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.) was strong in the net for UMass recording five saves and improving to 2-3-1 on the season.

UMass opened the scoring when sophomore Rob Charest (Monson, Mass.) headed his team-leading, sixth-goal of the season past GW keeper Derek Biss in the 62nd minute.

George Washington responded in the 80th minute after Wade Gerhardt forced a UMass turnover at midfield. Gerhardt then set-up Jon Allen who beat a challenging Billman to even the score.

With eight seconds remaining in regulation, a Colonial foul gave the Minutemen a direct kick from 15 yards. Freshman Matty Lemire's (Ipswich, Mass.) kick went wide right and time expired forcing the overtime periods.

The game was a record sixth overtime contest of the season for UMass and the fifth extra-period match in the last six. The Minutemen have a 3-2-1 record when playing in overtime.

UMass returns home to the friendly confines of Rudd Field on Friday, Oct. 15, taking on A-10 foe Dayton and Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 17.



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