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NCAAM: George Washington opens season with 2-1 win over William & Mary

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The George Washington men’s soccer team began 2016 with a win on Friday evening, defeating William & Mary, 2-1, at Albert-Daly Field at Martin Family Stadium.

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The Colonials (1-0-0) held off an aggressive William & Mary squad to come from behind and claim the win. The Tribe (0-1-0) applied pressure through all 90 minutes of regulation, taking 17 shots in the season opener.

William & Mary struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute after William Eskay found the back of the net.

The Colonials issued the equalizer in the 38th minute when junior Koby Osei-Wusu lifted the ball from the left wing into the box, where senior Garrett Heine buried a header into the right corner of the net.

The Tribe then got two more shots off in the first half, but the Colonials’ defense remained strong to keep the match tied, 1-1, when the period expired.

GW took the lead in the 57th minute when sophomore Dylan Lightbourn hit his mark after receiving a pass in the middle of the box from junior Oliver Curry at midfield. The goal marked the first career points for Lightbourn.

Sophomore goalkeeper Thor Arne Höfs matched a career high with eight saves on the night in a strong showing between the pipes.

Four different Colonials were responsible for GW’s four shots in the match.

The Colonials host Binghamton on Monday for GW’s home opener at 2 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

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