GW Men's Soccer Unveils 2013 Schedule
Colonials Host Seven Matches at GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus
June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's soccer team will host seven games at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus as part of its 17-match 2013 schedule, second-year head coach Craig Jones announced on Friday.
GW will play exhibition matches against Duke (Aug. 18), Montgomery College (Aug. 20) and James Madison (Aug. 24) in the lead-up to the season. The Colonials will take on the Blue Devils and Dukes on the road and will host the Raptors.
"Right now I'm not looking too far past our opening game at Duke, which will be a real test for the players and a challenge for our newcomers as they start their collegiate careers," said Coach Jones.
GW officially kicks off its 2013 campaign at the 13th annual D.C. College Cup, which will be played on the campus of George Mason University. The Colonials open the tournament on Aug. 30 against American in the teams' 42nd meeting of all time. GW will also meet Howard for the 13th year-in-a-row on Sept. 1.
The following weekend, the Colonials travel to the New York-metro area for a pair of rematches of 2012 contests at LIU Brooklyn (Sept. 6) and NJIT (Sept. 8). Last season, GW defeated the Blackbirds, 1-0, in double-overtime on Tyler Ranalli's golden goal in the 107th minute of the season opener.
GW will play its first of seven home games on Saturday, Sept. 14, against VMI before heading back to New Jersey to take on St. Peter's (Sept. 18) for the first time since 1992 and just the second time ever.
The Colonials next face back-to-back opponents from Maryland when they host Navy on Sept. 21 and visit America East champion UMBC on Sept. 28 before concluding non-conference action on Oct. 5 with their first match against Robert Morris since 1994.
"Overall the schedule has some very good matchups, but what really excites me about the non-conference schedule is the number of local universities we will be playing," said Coach Jones. "These games will have that added edge that the players and fans enjoy being a part of."
GW opens Atlantic 10 Conference play with a Midwest swing at Dayton and defending A-10 champion Saint Louis on Oct. 11 and 13, respectively.
The Colonials then return to Mount Vernon to host Fordham on Oct. 20 before heading north to New England to take on Rhode Island (Oct. 25) and Massachusetts (Oct. 27).
GW concludes the regular season with three straight home games. The Colonials face A-10 newcomer and local rival George Mason in the teams' 37th all-time meeting, but first as conference foes, on Nov. 2, then close out the season against Saint Joseph's (Nov. 8) and La Salle (Nov. 10). GW will celebrate Senior Day against the Explorers, bidding farewell to seniors Ranalli, Bailey Hinners, Alex Sandland, Francisco Solorzano and Abdul Shaban.
"I continue to say how good the Atlantic 10 Conference is in soccer and how difficult every game is, and this season is no different," said Coach Jones. "We have played each team before and know how difficult they are to beat."
The 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at Dayton's Baujan Field Nov. 14-17.