- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002

The American men's soccer team slumped the last month of the regular season, but the Eagles aren't letting it affect them in the NCAA tournament.
AU scored on a penalty kick moments before halftime to upend George Washington 1-0 before 1,876 at blustery Reeves Field in a first-round game.
"The berth into the NCAA tournament really focused us," said sophomore midfielder Shawn Kuykendall, whose team entered the postseason on a 1-3-1 skid. "We were able to get a second chance and nobody wanted to blow it. Everybody knew the talent we had on this team, and nobody wanted to lose the second chance."
AU (13-7-1) controlled much of the first half but didn't capitalize until the 44th minute. After midfielder Michael Grinsfelder was tripped in the box, Kuykendall fired the penalty kick into the right corner of the goal.
"[Grinsfelder] went at our defender, and I think one of our defenders must have clipped him and it was the way the play went in the box," GW coach George Lidster said. "He made the penalty himself, and I don't think the referee had any option but to give it."
The Colonials (13-9) nearly drew even twice in the final five minutes. Midfielder Matt Miller broke free and tried to slip a shot past Eagles keeper Michael Behonick (seven saves) from 10 yards out, but Behonick lunged to his right and snared it.
With less than a minute left, the Colonials' Kirk Lewis sent a cross to Fabio Andrade, whose shot was then stopped by Behonick.
AU (13-7-1) will visit second-seeded Maryland (17-4) on Wednesday in the second round.
"They're the No.1 team in the country, so as far as I'm concerned there's no doubt that not many people expect us to beat them," AU coach Todd West said. "But I guarantee you there's 25 guys in our locker room who think we can."


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