Ranalli's Hat Trick Leads GW Men's Soccer's 4-0 Rout of VMI
Senior Forward Plays Part in All Four Goals, Finishes With Seven Points
Sept. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior forward Tyler Ranalli factored into every goal - amassing a career-best seven points - to help the George Washington men's soccer team rout VMI, 4-0, in its home opener at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday afternoon.
Ranalli tallied a hat trick and assisted on a goal by junior Farhan Khan for seven points, the most for a GW player since Arnar Johannsson totaled eight points on four goals against Howard in 2002. As a team, the Colonials racked up 14 points in the match on four goals and six assists.
Ranalli and GW's scoring outburst wasn't the only dominant performance of the match as the Colonials' defense surrendered just four shots and sophomore goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe was forced to make only one save for the unit's third shutout in the last four matches.
The victory moves GW to 3-2-0 on the season and sends the Colonials' team and van der Merwe's goals-against-average to 0.80. VMI remains winless at 0-4-1.
The floodgates opened just 1:50 into the match as Ranalli took advantage of a VMI defensive miscue and beat Keydets' goalkeeper Zach Kaplan to the lower right corner from six yards.
Ranalli struck again in the 30th minute, this time breaking behind the VMI defense after sophomore Philip McQuitty nodded on a long-ball service from van der Merwe. McQuitty's flick-on header sent Ranalli alone into the box and the forward slid a shot past Kaplan for a 2-0 lead the Colonials took into intermission.
Just as it did in the first half, GW got out of the gates quickly to begin the second period, extending its lead to 3-0 on Khan's goal in the 48th minute. Freshman Angel Valencia started the sequence with a pass wide right to Ranalli, who picked out Khan with a cross into the center of the box. Khan cut back against a defender and roofed a left-footed blast from the 12-yard spot for his first goal of the season.
Ranalli completed his hat trick in the 51st minute, beating his defender on a near-post run and directing Khan's low cross from the right past Kaplan. Valencia was credited with his second assist on the day for playing the ball wide to Khan.
VMI's top scoring chances both came in the second half. Aaron White's 58th minute free kick reached target, but van der Merwe made the initial stop before the GW defense cleared the danger from the box. Another free kick in the 81st minute rolled past a trio of Keydets inside the box before sneaking just wide of the right post.
GW enjoyed a 14-4 shot advantage, forcing VMI's Kaplan into five saves, and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday at St. Peter's. Kickoff against the Peacocks in Jersey City, N.J., is slated for 4 p.m.