Three-goal first half powers men’s soccer to win over GW
Davide Faga scored his first goal of the season to help JU to a 3-1 win. Play Video
Davide Faga scored his first goal of the season to help JU to a 3-1 win.
A potent JU men’s soccer offense erupted for three goals in the opening 20 minutes as the Dolphins cruised past George Washington University, 3-1, on a rain-soaked Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Trey Collins and Davide Faga scored their first goals of the season and Tyler Williams netted what proved to be the game-winning goal to help the Dolphins snap a four-game winless streak to improve to 2-4-1. The Atlantic 10-conference member Colonials fell to 2-3-1.

“We started with a lot of energy,” JU head coach Mike Johnson said. “We really pushed them this week. We wanted to emphasis getting in good position and creating chances and tonight it paid off.”

Collins (Melbourne, Fla.) opened the scoring just 5:44 in, capitalizing on Daniele Campailla’s long pass to deflect the ball past GW goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar near the left post. The scoring strike marked Collins’ first goal of the season. The sophomore finished with a game-high four shots.

Williams (Tallahassee, Fla.) took advantage of a GW misplay in its own end to score his second goal of the season in the 13th minute. Henrik Synnes jostled for position and tried to play the ball through a crowded box. GW’s clear attempt failed to alleviate the pressure and Williams headed the ball in to put JU ahead, 2-0. Williams tied Stefan Durr and Nick Rodriguez for the team lead with two goals.

GW was whistled for a handball inside the box, drawing a penalty kick 19:40 into the opening half to set up a penalty kick. Faga (Frankfurt, Germany) went to the low-left side on to score on JU’s first PK attempt of the campaign, handing the Dolphins a three-goal edge for the first time this season.

After outshooting the Colonials in the first half 11-3, GW responded with nine second-half shots and a goal off its own penalty kick attempt. Yoni Berhanu scored off a PK following a JU foul inside the box, putting the Colonials within two goals with 28:17 remaining.

Senior goalkeeper Johnny Foley ensured there would not be a comeback. The Castle Rock, Colo. native made five of his six saves in the second half to secure the win.

“We wanted to start better in the second half and challenge them like in the first half,” Johnson said. “But I liked the way the guys responded to us giving up a goal. They got challenged and had to push and fight and it’s good when you can preserve the win.”

JU will play two more non-league games before Atlantic Sun Conference play begins. The Dolphins will next be in action on Sunday when they host UC Riverside. Kickoff at the Ashley Sports Complex is set for 2 p.m. and fans can also following the action through live stats on and a live video stream through ASun.TV.

- By Brian Bohl