Men's Soccer Wins Third Straight, Shuts Out Rider, 3-0
Oct. 4, 2009
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - The George Washington men's soccer team tallied three first-half goals, while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Erik Haug and the Colonials' defense pitched their second consecutive shutout in a 3-0 victory over Rider in its non-conference finale at Rider Campus Field Sunday afternoon.
GW won its third straight match to improve to 6-3-0 overall, equaling the program's most non-conference victories since 1991, and snapped Rider's (3-5-0) three-match win streak.
GW improved to 3-2-1 all-time against Rider, avenging a 2-1 home loss to the Broncs in the most recent meeting during the 2007 season.
Senior defender Nikolay Aleksandrov scored his second career goal and first game-winner with a 35-yard blast past Rider goalkeeper Chris Pimentel in the 10th minute for an early 1-0 lead.
10 minutes later, junior Marcus Ranney recorded a point for the third consecutive match, assisting redshirt senior Mike Rollings' third goal of the season for a 2-0 advantage in the 20th minute.
Sophomore Yoni Berhanu rounded out the scoring with a penalty kick goal in the 42nd minute. Berhanu is second on the team with 10 points and three goals.
Haug made three saves on Rider's eight total shots, playing behind the defensive back four of Aleksandrov, senior Byron Walker and sophomores Brice Carr and Mike Burke - who played 353 of 360 combined minutes. In five appearances this season, Haug boasts a 0.78 goals-against average, while the GW defense has four clean sheets in nine matches and hasn't allowed a goal in over 187 minutes of play.
Pimentel finished with three stops on GW's 12 total shots.
The Colonials begin Atlantic 10 play with four straight road matches, starting at No. 22 Charlotte on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 pm.