Nov. 11, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Second-seeded George Washington outlasted fifth-seeded La Salle, 2-1, in double overtime to advance to the A-10 Men's Soccer Championship finals for the first time since 2004. GW's freshman midfielder Farhan Khan scored his first career goal in the 108th minute to put away a pesky La Salle, Friday night at Robert R. Hermann Stadium on the campus of Saint Louis University.
With the win, George Washington (10-6-2) now advances to Sunday's championship game where it will face #6 Xavier at 1:00PM CT, while La Salle concludes its season with a 7-9-4 overall record. Xavier defeated #1 Fordham earlier in the evening, 2-0.
A-10 Midfielder of the Year Yoni Berhanu gave George Washington the early, 1-0, lead, scoring his league-best 11th goal of the season in the 17th minute off a pass from senior defender Jake Davis.
La Salle retaliated just before the intermission as junior defender Rob McIntyre headed in a pass from sophomore Andrew Lill in the 42nd minute.
La Salle had plenty of opportunities in the second half, as the Explorers outshot the Colonials, 10-3. However, it was George Washington that held the advantage on shots during the extra sessions, dominating La Salle, 8-1.
Kahn's game-winner came late in the second overtime, as classmate Joe Holleran flicked a pass to a waiting Kahn on the right side. Kahn slipped the ball past La Salle keeper John McCarthy to seal GW's place in the A-10 Championship.
Sunday's championship game is scheduled to be webcast free of charge through the A-10's online home -- Atlantic10.com. Fans are reminded to check back with the Atlantic10.com for all updated information regarding the 2011 A-10 Men's Soccer Championship as well as to check out the Championship Central page on the website.