Rudolph's Two Second-Half Goals Lift GW Men's Soccer Past Liberty, 2-0
Van der Merwe Records First Career Shutout
LEXINGTON, Va. - Senior Seth Rudolph scored twice in a span of five minutes in the second half and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe recorded his first career shutout, as the George Washington men's soccer team defeated 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier Liberty, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon, the second day of VMI's Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament.
The teams played to a scoreless draw for 59 minutes until freshman Ross Higgins' long cross found Rudolph near the far post, and Rudolph headed it in to give GW a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season. For Higgins, the assist was his first career point.
Rudolph added an insurance goal just over five minutes later. Off a free kick from 20 yards out, the senior banged a shot off the right post and into the net to give the Colonials a 2-0 advantage.
The Flames (1-3-0) had an opportunity in the 69th minute, when van der Merwe knocked down a shot by Greg White. The rebound slid to Austin Wyman, who sent an attempt toward the far post, but a GW defender cleared it off the goal line to preserve the Colonials' second shutout of the season.
GW (3-2-0) managed just five shots in the contest while Liberty took 12, but van der Merwe recorded five saves. The Flames also held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Following the game, Rudolph, van der Merwe and junior Tyler Ranalli were named to the All-Tournament Team.
With his two goals against Liberty, Rudolph now has 24 in his career, leaving him three shy of joining GW's all-time top 10 list.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they wrap up their five-game road swing with a visit to Bryant for an 11 a.m. kickoff.