Late Tally Not Enough in GW Men's Soccer's 2-1 Loss to Bryant
Keeper van der Merwe Makes Career-High Seven Saves
Sept. 16, 2012
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Host Bryant scored twice in a five-minute stretch to defeat the George Washington men's soccer team, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Sutton Field.
GW (3-3-0) and Bryant (1-2-1) played to a scoreless draw for more than 63 minutes. At 63:38, Bryant midfielder Brett Larocque's shot was saved by GW redshirt freshman Jean-Pierre van der Merwe, but forward Connor Norat collected the rebound and put it in the back of the net for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
Just five minutes later, midfielder Lucas Guerrerio sent a cross to Larocque, who lofted the ball over van der Merwe's head and off the crossbar to put the Bulldogs up by two goals.
The Colonials finally cracked the scoreboard in the 81st minute, when a free kick by sophomore Joe Holleran was deflected by a Bryant defender, but junior Tyler Ranalli was there to clean it up, sending it into the lower left corner of the net to slice the Bulldogs' lead in half with his third goal of the season.
GW controlled the ball for the final three minutes of the game but were not able to get off a shot until freshman Glen Sousa's last-second attempt, which was saved by Bryant keeper Chris Knaub in front of the right post to preserve the 2-1 win.
Van der Merwe recorded a career-high seven saves between the pipes, while Knaub stopped three shots for the Bulldogs.
Bryant outshot GW, 16-7, including 8-1 in the first half, and the Bulldogs held an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks. Senior midfielder Zach Abaie led the Colonials with three shots.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22, when they host UMBC at 3 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.