Rookie Ranney Lifts Men's Soccer Over Mount St. Mary's in OT
Sept. 29, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington freshman Marcus Ranney scored his first collegiate goal 1:13 into the first overtime period to give the Colonials men's soccer team a 3-2 victory over visiting Mount St. Mary's at Mount Vernon Field on Saturday afternoon. The overtime win is GW's third in seven games this season and snaps the team's two-game losing skid.
GW (4-3-0) twice found itself trailing by a goal, but the Colonials tallied an equalizer in each half to send the match to overtime. Just over a minute into the first overtime, sophomore Andy Stadler fired a shot from the right corner of the 18-yard box that bounced off a defender directly to Ranney, who calmly slotted the ball past Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Will Pike for the decisive score. Stadler leads the Atlantic 10 and GW with 13 points (5g/3a) this season and has recorded a point in each of his last six matches. GW is now 3-0 all-time against Mount St. Mary's.
Mount St. Mary's (2-4-1) dictated much of the play in the first half and converted a pair of opportunities. In the sixth minute, Joshua Barnaby sent a long through-ball to James Zabel, who snuck a low, one-timed shot into the left corner past diving GW goalkeeper Greg Yahr.
The Colonials, who are currently ranked 10th in the adidas/NSCAA Middle Atlantic Regional rankings, got back into the match off senior Greg McKay's bending strike in the 19th minute. McKay settled a Mount corner clearance and measured a shot from 35-yards away, curving the ball around first-half goalkeeper Chris Davis into the right corner for his second goal of the season and eighth of his career.
Zabel struck again in the 32nd minute, taking advantage of a misplayed bouncing ball in the box for his third goal of the season. Steve Cant was credited with the assist on Zabel's second goal.
GW regrouped at halftime and controlled play throughout the second half, outshooting the Mount 9-1 over the final 45 minutes. Senior Abimbola Pedro provided the equalizer in the 48th minute, finishing a deflected Mike Rollings shot from six-yards away.
The Colonials led the Mount in shots (16-11), shots on goal (9-7), and corner kicks (8-5). Yahr made five saves to pick up his third victory of the season. Pike made three saves in the loss, while Davis made a pair of first-half stops.
GW wraps up its three-game homestand against Longwood at Mount Vernon Field Wednesday, October 3, at 3:00 pm.