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Crew snap losing skid with vital win over D.C.

Oct 2, 2011 - 10:21 PM Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew snapped its three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United at Crew Stadium on Sunday.

The win also put a halt to the Crew's six-match winless skid as well as lifting the team to second place in the East. With 44 points on the season, they only trail leaders Sporting Kansas City by one point.

D.C. United's Daniel Woolard put his side in front in the first half, but he surrendered an own goal on the other side of halftime before Eddie Gaven completed the comeback for Columbus.

Woolard tallied his first goal of the season and just the second of his career in the 37th minute. Dwayne De Rosario sent a free kick into the box and an unmarked Woolard redirected the ball past Will Hesmer to give United the lead going into the half.

But Woolard went from hero to villain early in the second half when a shot heading toward goal clipped the D.C. United defender and trickled past goalkeeper Bill Hamid to see Columbus go level.

Columbus then took the lead in the 60th minute following an impressive finish from Gaven. Sebastian Miranda delivered a cross that Gaven met with a diving header, sending his effort into the upper corner with power and pace to give the Crew all three points.

D.C. United missed an opportunity to move into a playoff spot after Red Bull New York was held to a 1-1 at Toronto FC on Saturday. United remain in sixth place in the East with 38 points on the season.

Both sides return to action on Oct. 15, as Columbus (12-12-8) will face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, while D.C. (9-10-11) will host the fellow playoff-hopeful Portland Timbers.