Two First-Half Goals Lift GW Men's Soccer Past LIU Brooklyn, 2-0

Jean-Pierre van der Merwe recorded four saves in his second straight shutout.

Sep 6, 2013

Box Score

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Sophomore Jonny Forrest gave the Colonials an early lead which they would not relinquish as the George Washington men's soccer team defeated LIU Brooklyn, 2-0, on Friday evening at LIU Field.

Forrest scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, and sophomore Ross Higgins tacked on an insurance tally just before halftime. Sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe recorded four saves in his second straight shutout.

Forrest put GW (2-1-0) on the board just 4:48 into the game, striking from 15 yards out on the right side. Seniors Bailey Hinners and Tyler Ranalli were each credited with assists.

The Blackbirds (0-3-0) rattled off a flurry of six shots in the next three minutes, but none found the target.

With just 2:14 remaining in the first half, Higgins collected a through ball from freshman Sam Summerlin and tucked it inside the far post from eight yards out to give the Colonials a 2-0 lead with his second goal of the year. Sophomore Philip McQuitty was also credited with an assist on the play.

The two-goal advantage was all GW would need, as van der Merwe turned away all three of the Blackbirds' shots on goal in the second half.

The Colonials outshot the Blackbirds, 14-13, and held a 9-5 advantage on corner kicks. LIU goalie John Connolly recorded five saves.

After defeating Howard, 2-0, on Sunday, GW has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since Nov. 4-6, 2011.



The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they visit NJIT for a 4 p.m. kickoff.

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