GW Men's Soccer Falls to Robert Morris, 2-1
Ranalli Tallies Sixth Goal of Season in Loss
Oct. 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior Tyler Ranalli scored his sixth goal of the season, but the George Washington men's soccer team fell to Robert Morris, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Ranalli gave GW (3-6-0) a quick lead in the fifth minute of action. Freshman Garrett Heine's original shot was slapped away by RMU goalie Joseph Kuta, but Ranalli poked in the rebound to put GW up, 1-0. It was Ranalli's career-high and team-best sixth goal of the season, while Heine was credited with his third assist of the year.
Robert Morris (5-3-2) tied it up in the 23rd minute when Luca Campus served the ball from the right corner to Neco Brett, whose shot got past GW sophomore keeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe for the equalizer, and the score remained knotted at 1-1 at halftime.
After nearly 52 minutes of scoreless action, Brett struck again with what proved to be the game-winner when he beat his defender and fired a shot into the lower-left corner of the net. Miro Cabrilo was credited with the assist on the goal.
GW had several good chances late in the game, rattling off six shots in a 10-minute span, but none found the back of the net. Junior Farhan Khan's shot in the 77th minute hit the crossbar and bounced back into play for Ranalli, but Kuta made a diving save on the senior's rebound attempt. Then in the 82nd minute, sophomore Ross Higgins sent a good ball to Ranalli, whose shot went just wide, and Khan saw another shot from the center of the box sail just over the crossbar 1:19 later. GW's final chance of the game came on a corner kick in the 85th minute, but senior Alex Sandland's header from the far post found Kuta's arms.
GW outshot Robert Morris, 12-11, but RMU held a 5-3 edge on corner kicks. Kuta recorded six saves in the game, while van der Merwe stopped three shots.
Prior to the match, GW welcomed back men's soccer alumni for a 6v6 Alumni World Cup Tournament and a pregame reception.
GW returns to action on Friday when it opens Atlantic 10 Conference play at No. 18 Dayton. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.