Howard Men Drop Season Opener
Bison Drop Season Opener
Washington, DC-August 25-Howard University was very encouraged when it went to halftime in a scoreless deadlock with American University in the opening round of the DC College Cup Classic at Reeves Field on AU's campus.
The Bison (0-1-0) had played well, especially on the defensive end where they staved off a couple of Eagle scoring opportunities from in close.
But American University (1-0-0) changed the tenor and tempo seven minutes into the second half when senior Sal Caccavale took a corner kick from Garth Jackson from about 25 yards out at the top left of the box and rocketed a shot that found its way into the right corner to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The goal appeared to give somewhat deflate the Bison while the Eagles gained confidence and seven minutes later, Larry Mark scored an unassisted goal from 18 yards out to close out the scoring.
"There is not much you can do about that first goal," said Howard assistant coach Curtis Landy, who served as head coach in the absence of Head Coach Keith Tucker, who was unavailable for the game. "It was a great shot. It definitely energized them."
Yet, despite being rocked with the two quick goals, Howard re-grouped and played well over the last 34 minutes, having several near misses at scoring opportunities.
"I like the effort," added Landy. "Our defense was definitely there and we did not quit. We had chances. But it was a good first game."
The Bison will try to get their first win when they take on George Washington University on Sunday at 2:30 pm at Reeves Field while American and Georgetown, 5-2 winner over GW, square off for the title at 5 pm.
GAME NOTES: AU outshot Howard, 24-10, including an 8-3 advantage on shots on goal...Chris Taylor played the entire 90 minutes in the stifling heat and humidity and had six saves...the Eagles held the advantage on corner kicks, 11-2.
Howard University 0 0 0
American University 0 2 2
GOALS: AU-Caccavale, 50th minute; Mark, 57th minute.
SHOTS: AU-24; HU-10
CORNER KICKS: AU-11; HU-2
SAVES: AU-Sedlak, 3; HU-Taylor, 6